April 1985

Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology Wayne State University/Hutzel Hospital 4707 St Antoine Blvd Detroit, MI 48201


by R. K. Creasy, and Robert Resnik, 1,168 pp, 432 illus, $95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1984.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(4):340. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140060022017

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During the past ten to 15 years, maternal-fetal medicine has seen the publication of several books aimed at providing the subspecialist with a comprehensive text/reference work. These attempts, however, have more often than not missed the mark because of incomplete content, inadequate depth beyond that found in textbooks of obstetrics, excessively specialized chapters by multiple contributors focused on their own research, or a nonobstetric perinatal perspective. Contrary to their predecessors, Creasy and Resnik have masterfully encompassed the boundaries of the subspecialty in their textbook, Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice.

This work is logically separated into four parts: early fetal development and the environment, diagnostic modalities in maternal-fetal medicine, maternal and fetal pathophysiology, and the neonate. Each part is subdivided into chapters written by leaders in the field, many of whom are both scientists and practicing academic obstetric perinatologists. The flavor is, therefore, distinctly practical with as firm a basis in

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