Edited By Elizabeth Layden, Andrew Thomson, Philip Owen, Mayank Madhra and Brain Magowan
Published by Elsevier (May 2022)
This book is an excellent example of how a textbook should be written and scores highly in all of the main criteria we look for and want in a textbook. I was most impressed with this book and all of the editors and most of the contributors come from the UK which is a big positive if you work or study in the UK. However, I am sure potential users from all over the world would find this book very useful. It has a wide audience which includes medical students, GPs and junior doctors as well as nurse practitioners and I am sure other health professionals could benefit from it.
It is quite a compact book, running to 546 pages including the index but like all good books, there is no excess of information or data or unnecessary and useless facts. There is no padding out, but it is full of information conveyed in a concise and easy to ready format. The subject matter is highly relevant and lives up to its title by being clinically focussed.
Despite its compactness it certainly packs in a lot of information with the first half of the book (approximately) devoted to gynaecology and the remainder to obstetrics. All the usual standard stuff is there but there are some good sections which are most interesting and thought provoking. For example, pages 181-182 look at Female Genital Mutilation and carries a short but feature packed description of the topic coupled with an excellent array of diagrams, leaving the reader with a clear understanding of the topic. Chapter 22 is excellent and looks at ethical issues including topics such as gender identity and this chapter deserves to be widely read.
The obstetrics section is of similar high standard and even includes on page 307 a small but good section on Covid-19. All the usual suspects are covered and again there are some outstanding contributions. This includes Chapter 37 on Stillbirth and Neonatal Mortality and Chapter 39 on Global Maternal and Neonatal Health which are the icing on the cake. At the end of the book, there are 2 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions and OSCE practice cases with answers. All really useful.
This book is also bundled with eBook access, and this is included in the price of the book. However, the publishers have moved their website to a newer site and this is not explained in the inside cover of the book. So, the access codes don’t work despite the book being published in May 2022 but to be fair technical support quickly supplied replacement and working access codes and web (but not app) access was obtained. The web content of the book is easy to navigate and a boon to the book users.
This is an excellent standard textbook of obstetrics and gynaecology and actually covers a lot of territory. It is ideal for medical students, but GPs and junior doctors will find it most useful and I think represents good value for money for a book that is clearly up todate, easy to read, comes bundled with web access and is a good basic reference book.
Dr Harry Brown
8th August 2022