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A handy, easy-to-follow reference work by three obstetricians on the 19 most common gynecological problems and plastic surgeries. Despite the strident title, it's low-keyed and fact-filled, with nary a tinge of confrontationalism. Each chapter follows the same format, starting with a definition of the condition (benign breast lumps, cancer of the ovary, ectopic pregnancy and so on). It then proceeds through how the condition is detected, its causes, its treatment (whether by surgery or other means), what the surgery entails and whether it is performed in an operating room or a doctor's office, how much hospitalization (if any) is involved, non-surgical options and their advantages/disadvantages, and what the chances are for a complete cure. For some reason, a list of questions you should ask your doctor is included at the end rather than early on in the chapter. The problem of cancer during pregnancy, along with various treatment options and their risk for mother and child, gets a chapter of its own, as does laparoscopy. This is a relatively new technique which involves insertion of the laparoscope (a slim, illuminated telescope) through a small incision in the abdomen wall. It can serve as a diagnostic tool for numerous conditions such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, ruptured ovarian cyst, and a perforated uterus. It can also function as a ""lighted window"" for performing sterilization by cautory. In sum: an $8.95 bargain that could be worth its weight in gold.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1986
Publisher: HP Books