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WHO Manual Investigation Diagnosis of Infertile Couple, by Patrick J. Rowe, Timothy B. Hargreave, Heather J. Mellows, Frank H. Comhaire

WHO Manual for the Standardized Investigation and Diagnosis of the Infertile Couple

by Patrick J. Rowe, Timothy B. Hargreave, Heather J. Mellows, Frank H. Comhaire

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Format: Other Format, 83pp. 
ISBN: 0521431360
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 
Pub. Date: October 1993

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World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Manual of standards for the investigation and diagnosis of male and female infertility. Summarizes a study of over 10,000 infertile couples. For gynecologists, andrologists, urologists, or endocrinologists.

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This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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This concise volume proposes a standardized approach to the investigation of infertility by providing clear guidelines as well as diagnostic charts to quickly lead the clinician or physician to an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of infertility.

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

Description: This is a concise manual that provides explicit definitions of infertility, criteria for normal results in infertility testing, and a systematic and standardized scheme for evaluating infertile couples.

Purpose: The authors have achieved their worthy purpose of providing a book that "aims at becoming the standard reference for [those] who take care of infertile couples.""

Audience: Although the authors describe their intended audience as gynecologists, andrologists, urologists, endocrinologists, biologists, and other scientists who care for infertile couples, the real beneficiaries of this manual will be practicing physicians who care for infertile couples but who do not have special training or expertise in reproductive endocrinology or infertility. Infertility specialists will also find this manual useful.

Features: Those who purchase this manual are permitted to reproduce the standardized forms for recording the evaluation of male and female factors in infertility. Diagrams to record laparoscopic findings, the revised American Fertility Society classification of endometriosis, a chart of body mass index, and a description of the Ferriman-Gallwey hirsutism score are given in an appendix. Photographs of the Tanner classification of pubertal development are also included but are unnecessary to achieve the purpose of thi s manual. The authors do not describe the therapy of infertility.

Assessment: The authors provide only two references for suggested reading. One of these is seriously outdated, and the other is a textbook of reproductiveendocrinology that devotes only a small portion of space to the subject of infertility. The authors rarely provide references when they cite specific tests or standards. Despite these criticisms, the authors have written a succinct, yet comprehensive manual to guide the evaluation of infertile couples.

Table of Contents

Introduction   1

Male partner   6

Introduction   6

History taking   6

Clinical assessment of male fertility   15

Objective criteria for diagnostic categories in the simplified management of male infertility   33

Female partner   40

Introduction   40

History taking   41

Clinical assessment of female fertility   51

Objective criteria for diagnostic categories in the simplified management of female infertility   64

Suggested reading list   67

Appendices   68

Index   80

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