May 1976

Progress in Infertility

Author Affiliations

St Louis


ed 2, edited by S. J. Behrman and Robert W. Kistner, 1,042 pp, $55.00, Little Brown & Co, 1975.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(5):621. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360230121039

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In the 1968 edition of this textbook, it was the intention of the editors to "emphasize specific research aspects of infertility in the fields of genetics, reproductive biology, immunology, endocrinology, and surgery." The second edition contains 49 chapters with 60 contributing authors and continues to pursue that intention, making several noteworthy changes.

The sections "Ovarian Factors" and "Ovulation" contain three new chapters. The first deals with the diagnosis and therapy of gonadal abnormalities. This frequently confusing topic is discussed in a clear and concise manner. The second section discusses human embryo transfer. It is exceptionally well written and is an excellent review of current information dealing with this controversial subject. The third, "Implantation of the Human Ovum," is well illustrated, and the material is covered succinctly and thoroughly.

In the section "Endocrine Relationships," the chapters involving assay methods for pituitary, steroid, and thyroid hormones have been rewritten or significantly revised,

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