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This volume clarifies in a logical and didactic manner the sequence of events that characterize the human menstrual cycle. Each major organ involved in the cycle, the brain, the pituitary gland, the ovary, and the uterus is discussed and its contribution specifically outlined. The chapters trace the physiologic events within each of these organs, describe the hormones by which they communicate, and outline how critical aspects of the cycle are synchronized so that an ovulatory cycle can occur. Thus neuroendocrine control of the menstrual cycle is examined in detail, and the processes of follicular development, maturation, ovulation, and maintenance of the corpus luteum are thoroughly covered. The book then turns to pathophysiology and explores the conditions under which the menstrual cycle may become abnormal. Pathophysiological mechanisms that cause cycle disturbance, anovulation, and infertility are reviewed, as are clinical presentations of common menstrual disorders and their treatment. Progress in reproductive biology has been rapid, and the research spans several disciplines. In this volume information dispersed in many publications has been synthesized and concisely presented, providing an in-depth understanding of the processes that control reproductive function in the female.
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Reviewer: Catherine S. Stika, MD (Northwestern University Medical School)
Description: This book is an in-depth review of the normal and abnormal menstrual cycle as well as the evaluation and treatment of menstrual dysfunction.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the events of the menstrual cycle and its associated cellular and physiological changes and the hormonal dynamics at each organ level. It includes reviews of menarche, menopause, and the fertile cycle as well as menstrual dysfunction. Also discussed are steroid contraception, assisted reproduction, and premenstrual syndrome.
Audience: No audience is specifically identified by the authors, although in my judgment, it appears to be targeted to advanced residents, general gynecologists interested in endocrinology, and fellows in reproductive-endocrinology.
Features: The illustrations are entirely in black-and-white and are of average quality. The majority of the illustrations are referenced and not original to the text. The legends are frequently confusing and contain descriptions that rather than provide a clear explantation of events in the illustration would be more appropriately placed within the body of the text. Deciphering the illustrations is often tedious. The references are organized by topic but are dated; there is only a rare reference from 1990 and 1991. This book is occasionally poorly organized. The discussion under the general heading of "The Initial Clinical Evaluation of the Abnormal Cycle" evolves into an overview of an entire infertility workupincluding laparoscopy and hysterosalpingography. In the chapter "Diagnosis of Menstrual CycleDysfunction" flow charts are presented but the specific tests are never discussed in the text. The authors recommend approaching the evaluation of amenorrhea as either primary orsecondary. The di scussion of end-organ failure follows that scheme but not that for hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction."
Assessment: Although the discussions are usually in-depth and thorough, the organization of this book and its illustrations are confusing and significantly detract from its usefulness as an aid to either clinical practice or academic understanding.
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