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Miscarriage: Why it Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks--A Doctor's Guide to the Facts Paperback – March 4, 2003

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"For people who want the facts, Lerner's book may be just short of fascinating." -- New England Psychologist October, 2003

"Simply put, this is the best book on miscarriage available." -- Robert L. Barbieri, M.D., Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

About the Author

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Henry Lerner, M.D., has been an obstetrician-gynecologist for more than twenty years. He has appeared on "Nightline," "Larry King Live," and "Firing Line" and has been interviewed for magazines including Time and People. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738206342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738206349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have had only one miscarriage and just want a good biology lesson on the different ways miscarriage can occur, this book may be for you. However, I do not recommend this book to anyone who has suffered two or more miscarriages and is seeking advice on what to do about it. After my second, my main concern was trying to at least have an educated guess as to whether they were caused by chromosomal abnormalities or some other cause which potentially needs to be treated before trying again. This book did not give me the answers I was looking for and instead left me more frustrated and confused than ever. Additionally, after reading several books and every article I could find on miscarriage in magazines and on the internet, it seems to me that many of Dr. Lerner's opinions are in the minority. He flatly recommends that women not seek testing until they have suffered three losses in a row. However, many doctors and the American College of Obstetritians and Gynecologists (ACOG) now recommend doing so after two, especially if the woman is in her 30's or 40's. I also do not think Dr. Lerner explained that there can be certain circumstances of your pregnancy and first trimester miscarriage that point to the likelihood that it was not chromosomal abnormality - I had to learn this from other sources (examples are occurring later in the trimester and normal fetus and hearbeat shown on ultrasound before miscarrying). He also flatly says that stress does not cause miscarriages because he has seen no study proving this to his satisfaction (he uses this reasoning for a lot of his opinions but does not explain how difficult it is to prove anything in this area).Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cheryl kiser on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Books on miscarriage by in large are very difficult to read because it is hard to get past the pain of why you are reading them. This book is an exception. It is the only book I have read on the topic which actually put me at ease, was reassuring,compassionate and very informative. It is clear that Dr. Lerner cares about his reader through his intelligent communication of medical information with great sensitivity to the topic and his reader.
If you need to read a book on this topic then you need to read this one. It's all you will need!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a very general book, and almost dismissive of the first time sufferer. My circumstances do not make me the proper audience for this book, and it is not for the person with difficulty in conceiving, with an underlying health condition, a woman over 35, and a host of others. The explanations are fairly elementary, and like another reviewer, find that many other publications contradict his theories. If this is the "best book on m/c available", then I need to go to the Medical School library.

In my personal experience, I find that the author has only a cursory grasp of thyroid and auto-immune issues, and in fact confuses Grave's disease for Hashimoto's. If one is to write a book which will encroach on specialties other than one's own, have the proper specialists at least review it! The best part of the book is the section on the psychological aspect of pregnancy loss. This is the only book I have seen which discussed the differences a man and woman may feel through a miscarriage.

Not the book for me. The author makes it seem as though, suffering "only" one miscarriage, regardless of my circumstances, I do not deserve to "drain the national healthcare" in my quest for answers. Keep looking.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By VINE VOICE on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I was asked to review this book, I didn't give it a second thought. I myself have a personal connection with this subject. When my daughter was almost 3 years old, after being pregnant for the first time since she was born, I had a miscarriage.
There are so many questions surrounding the reasons for miscarriages - what causes them; can they be prevented; is there a way to lower the risks of having another...? Answers to these and other compelling questions are best discussed in the book, "Miscarriage: Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks," by Henry M. Lerner, M.D. I thought I had known all there was to know about miscarriages, but this book truly opened my eyes and gave me much more information.
Miscarriages are a common occurrence, happening in 1 out of 5 pregnancies, and for a number of reasons. Some of what this book discusses: what exactly is a miscarriage; reasons miscarriages occur; the role of infections and the environment in causing miscarriages. It discusses past and current research studies and its results, and even answered a few myths I had believed to be true (see pg 53 for timing sex for a boy or girl; and pg 120 for microwave oven exposure).
MyParenTime highly recommends this book -- besides personally answering some questions I had about my own miscarriage, this informative book touched upon so many areas and explained the topic of miscarriage in terms we can all understand. To anyone who has experienced the devastation of a miscarriage, and to those just looking for information...this book has it all.
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