Moshe Hod, Lois G. Jovanovic, Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Alberto De Leiva, Oded Langer
June 17th 2016
Published by CRC Press
Despite multiple guidelines, an increasing evidence base, and new therapies, diabetes is still associated with a worse outcome in pregnancy. Specifically, babies of women with diabetes have significantly increased risk of still birth, miscarriage and congenital malformations. Whilst the main impact on pregnancy used to be for patients with Type 1 diabetes, the increasing prevalence of obesity is leading to women of child bearing age developing Type 2 as well as gestational diabetes.
With over 500 pages The Textbook of Diabetes and Pregnancy, now in its third edition, continues to be a comprehensive and detailed review of all aspects of management ranging from the basic science, biochemistry and physiology of pregnancy, to the principles of clinical practice. Spread over fully referenced chapters written by international experts in their field, all aspects of the Impact of diabetes on pregnancy are discussed. Chapters include placental physiology, Pre-conceptual input and the controversial issue of the diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes. There are even chapters about the management of non-communicable disease in pregnancy. Each chapter is divided into easy to read sections which create a picture about the issues facing the clinician, including those interested in the history of the condition. The only criticism is that its international nature makes some of the guidance difficult to translate to a U.K. setting.
Although the book, being in hard back is not exactly portable (but will look impressive on the bookshelf), access to the VitalBook book is available which allows the book to be downloaded to a PC, Mac, iOS devices or Kindle. This electronic version is especially useful as it allows rapid searching, highlighting and the ability to look for guidance even in a clinical setting.
Who is this book aimed at? Anyone involved in caring for women whose pregnancy is complicated by diabetes including diabetologists, neonataologists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, as well as the general physician. It is an excellent reference book and a highly authoritative tome on an increasingly common condition.
Dr Mark Freeman