The book is organised chronologically, by life stage, and takes a practical clinical approach by discussing typical presentations in a systematic way. Of note is the opening section that covers womens health, which deals effectively with the interface between medicine and sociology. The chapter on the female child and adolescent contains a comprehensive coverage of clinical and legal issues for teenagers. Normal pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period are all comprehensively dealt with. However, some aspects of the management of obstetric emergencies are not quite up to date with modern methods (eg, recommending diazepam for treating eclampsia). The book could also benefit from an expanded section on fetal monitoring in labour.
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