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Fertility and Sterility: Progress in Research and Practice: The Official Proceedings of the XIV World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, Caracas, November 1992, Vol. 5

by O. Rodriguez-Armas, W. Baumgartner, L. Burgos-Briceno (Editor)

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Format: Hardcover, 1st ed., 599pp. 
ISBN: 1850705011
Publisher: Prthnon Pu 
Pub. Date: January 1994

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Centro Medico de Caracas, San Bernardino, Venezuela. The Proceedings of the XIV World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, Caracas, Venezuela, November 1992. Clinical research. 63 contributors, 8 U.S.

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Appropriate for: Reproductive Medicine Specialists, Obstetricians/Gynecologists.

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Reviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin) 

Description: This book contains the proceedings of the 14th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility held in November 1992. Included are keynote addresses, plenary session presentations, and several peer-reviewed communications not presented at the meeting. 

Purpose: The purpose is to present "a useful text on the present state of the art" of reproductive science. This is a worthy objective that is mostly, but not completely, met. 

Audience: The authors indicate that this book is intended for the "specialist in the field of human reproduction." This is clearly the target audience because the average practitioner may have difficulty understanding the message because most chapters lack background information. The authors and contributors are international in scope and well qualified to discuss their subjects. Features: The illustrations are plain but effective and appropriate in number. There are few line drawings and no photographs. The references are reasonably current for a conference held in 1992. They are generally pertinent, and chapter references are extensive. The table of contents is excellent, but the index is not particularly helpful: 4 pages for a 599-page book. 

Assessment: The information in each chapter is scientifically rigorous and presented well. A background information section would have been useful for many chapters. For example, the chapter, "Detection of Y DNA and Molecular Biology of Sex Determination" would have been more informative, even to others attending this conference, if such a section contained a discussion of basicgene structure. The final nine chapters on "Family Limitation, Ethics, and Population Trends" are worthy and informative.

From Booknews

The November 1992 Congress covered almost every area of fertility, as well as aspects of contraception. The program was directed mainly towards improving knowledge in developing countries. However it also took into account the recent advances in assisted reproduction, environment and reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, male infertility, and ectopic pregnancy. This proceedings volume is divided into seven sections: andrology--physiology and genetics; andrology--therapy; tuboperitoneal surgery and endometriosis; endocrinology; assisted reproduction; miscarriage; and family limitation, ethics and population trends. For those concerned with the research and management of fertility and reproductive medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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