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Book and Media Reviews
November 15, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2379-2384. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2379-a

Any new textbook on clinical andrology is to be welcomed, as, to my knowledge, there is no satisfactory book for this specialty. My anticipation was further raised by the editors' preface, which offers an evidence-based, holistic approach and notes that part 1, “Diagnosing and Solving Clinical Problems,” will be problem-oriented for the busy clinician, while part 2, “Rationale,” will provide the scientific basis.

The three distinguished editors have assembled a team of 89 mainly European authors. The book covers not only male infertility and sexual dysfunction but also topics as diverse as andrological emergencies, reproductive tract infections and tumors, gender disorders, endocrine problems, diseases of the prostate and breast, and, in two concluding chapters, aesthetic andrology. Experienced clinicians will find much of value but will have to search for this material, which is scattered throughout the 633 pages of the 102 chapters.