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There is no specialty of medicine more replete with socially and medically controversial topics than obstetrics and gynecology. Additionally, it is one of the most rapidly advancing fields, particularly in the subspecialties of endocrinology and perinatology.
Dr Osofsky's keenly edited 19-chapter compilation offers the reader a fine update on the advances in our field. It recapitulates the state of the art and standards of management of various obstetric and gynecologic problems today.
No longer is it necessary to search laboriously through journals for the latest on fetal monitoring interpretation, laser therapy, or the use of antenatal steroids or tocolytic agents. The references at the end of each chapter are refreshingly recent.
The social aspects of obstetrics and gynecology are adequately dealt with in chapters on abortion-related Supreme Court decisions, cesarean section rates, and medicolegal issues. It is reassuring to read updates by such leaders (in their respective fields) as Mishell,
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