by E. Albert Reece and Donald R. Coustan, 651 pp, with illus, $89, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1988.
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This book is indeed a gem. What makes it so is that every facet of diabetes in pregnancy, and I mean every facet, is explored and explained thoroughly. This book belongs in the libraries of hospitals and departments of obstetrics and gynecology, and obstetricians and gynecologists should have it in their personal libraries.
Metabolism should be normalized even prior to conception. Certainly, diabetes mellitus requires close supervision during pregnancy. This book tells us how.
What is gestational diabetes? How does one manage labor and delivery in a diabetic? How to decide if delivery is to be from below or by cesarean section? How to prevent or at least manage macrosomia and shoulder dystocia successfully?
To help answer these questions are 31 sections by 37 contributors, guided most successfully by Drs Reece and Coustan. The sections begin with "General Medical Considerations," then "The Fetus and Placenta," followed by "Management of Carbohydrate
Tischler SH. Diabetes Mellitus in Pregnancy: Principles and Practice. JAMA. 1989;261(11):1651–1652. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420110127043
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