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Infertility: A Comprehensive Text, by Machelle M. Seibel

Infertility: A Comprehensive Text

by Machelle M. Seibel (Editor)

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Format: Paperback, 2nd ed., 903pp. 
ISBN: 0838542581
Publisher: Appleton & Lange 
Pub. Date: February 1997 
Edition Desc: REV

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Book Description 

This major revision provides a comprehensive guide to the medical and surgical aspects of male and female infertility.

Book Info 

Harvard University, Boston, MA. Comprehensive reference for residents and practitioners. Illustrated, some color plates. 85 contributors, 59 U.S. DNLM: Infertility.

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Key Benefit: This major revision provides a comprehensive guide to the medical and surgical aspects of male and female infertility. Key Topics: Completely updated, the second edition includes new chapters on endocrine disorders and infertility, molecular biology of spermatogenesis, weight and reproduction, HIV infection and reproduction, gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists and antagonists, laser physics and assisted fertilization techniques. Market: Obstetricians and gynecologists, residents, primary care physicians.

About the Author 

Machelle Seibel, MD (Faulkner Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Faulkner Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts)

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Seibel, Machelle M., MD(Harvard Univ)

The contributors represent the specialties of obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, physiology, reproductive immunology, and embryology research. Most are from universities and academic hospitals in five countries, including the U.S., Israel, and Canada. Institutions prominently represented include Univ of Maryland, Harvard, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham, Bar Ilan Univ, and Medical Univ of South Carolina.

From Doody Review Services

Reviewer: Lawrence C. Layman, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)

Description: This second edition is a thorough compendium of infertility.

Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive approach to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of infertility. The editor purports this edition to be comprehensive and does attain this goal. Chapters on molecular biology, outcomes, adoption, support groups, and ethics clearly add to the more standard topics of infertility.

Audience: This book is meant for medical students, residents, fellows, and clinicians and appears appropriate for these groups. Perhaps the greatest benefit is for fellows and clinicians, since the level of detail probably exceeds that needed for medical students and residents. However, the interested student or resident should be able to comprehend this readable text from an editor with credibility.

Features: The book has an aesthetic appeal from its content and layout to its illustrations and diagrams. The judicious use of photographs for diagnostic procedures and surgery enhances the understanding of these sections. MRIs of brain could be better labeled, but they are of good quality. In general, references are current and appropriate, but the widespread use of algorithms seems somewhat rigid since aspects of diagnosis and treatment are controversial. Perhaps the greatest attribute is the completeness in addressing topics relating to infertility. I am not aware of other major texts that incorporate entire chapters to genetic techniques, outcomes research, ethics, religion, and various patient support groups under the samecover.

Assessment: This book covers the broadest range of topics on the subject, and most chapters deliver a succinct, focused approach. Although complete, it probably does not replace more standard reproductive endocrinology texts but complements them. This book provides a comprehensive reference book for students and residents and an excellent textbook for fellows and clinicians.

Table of Contents

1 Diagnostic Evaluation of an Infertile Couple
2 Emotional Aspects of Infertility
3 Semen Analysis: A Practical Guide to Performance and Interpretation
4 Endocrine Testing in Infertility
5 Oocyte Development and Meiosis in Humans
6 Anovulation and Amenorrhea
7 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
8 Luteal-Phase Inadequacy
9 Prolactin Disorders in Infertility
10 Thyroid Disorders and Reproduction
11 Pathophysiology and Medical Treatment of Endometriosis-Associated Infertility
12 Endometriosis: Surgical Treatment
13 Reproductive Physiology of Men
14 Relationship of Abnormal Semen Values to Male-Factor Infertility
15 Pathogenesis and Medical Management of Male Infertility
16 Surgical Management of Male-Factor Infertility
17 Assisted Reproductive Treatments of Oligospermia
18 Therapeutic Insemination
19 Unexplained Infertility
20 Immunology
21 Infections
22 Molecular Genetics and Infertility
23 Genetic Issues in Reproduction
24 Neurologic Considerations
25 Body Weight and Reproduction
26 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
27 Aging and Reproduction
28 Ultrasound in Infertility
29 Ovulation Initiation with Clomiphene Citrate
30 Ovulation Induction with Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
31 Ovulation Induction with Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
32 The Role of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone and Its Agonists in Infertility
33 Treatment of Infertility with Dopamine Agonists
34 Diagnostic and Operative Hysteroscopy
35 Operative Laparoscopy
36 Technical Aspects of Tubal Surgery by Means of Laparotomy
37 Laser Physics and Applications in Reproductive Medicine
38 Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Pregnancy
39 Pelvic Adhesions and Infertility
40 Embryo-Uterine Interactions During Implantation
41 Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
42 In Vitro Fertilization
43 Assisted Fertilization Techniques
44 Preimplantation Genetics and Preimplantation Diagnosis
45 Ovum Donation
46 Cryopreservation and Infertility
47 Legal Aspects of Infertility
48 Ethical Considerations in Infertility
49 Religious Aspects of Reproduction
50 The Adoption Alternative
51 RESOLVE: Patient Support for the Infertility Experience
52 Endometriosis and Infertility: The Patient Perspective
53 Statistical Analysis of Infertility Data

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