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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility: Handbook for Clinicians; Pocket Edition 6th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0964546776
ISBN-10: 0964546779
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This is a superb contribution that is essential for the practice of OB/GYN and womens health in todays setting. As hard as I tried I could not find anything that was missing. This is a treasure. --Alan DeCherney, M.D., Editor, Fertility & Sterility
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Product Details

  • Series: Handbook for Clinicians
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Scrub Hill Press, Inc.; 6th edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964546779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964546776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I've used this book as a 3rd and 4th-year medical student and am soon to begin my OB/Gyn residency.

Pros:
-Primary care section covers the big topics you might see in a typical primary care setting.
-Outline format helps pack in information
-Helpful diagrams, such as those for pre-eclampsia and abnormal uterine bleeding
-ACLS section (includes neonatal resuscitation algorithm)
-Concise medical spanish section
-Some high-yield anatomical drawings
-The new REI section is quite extensive (also a "con")
-The operative reports section is great. For residents, this may be one of the best aspects of the book.

Cons:
-Excessively thick. This edition gained a lot of weight/pages because Dr. Lebovic's REI handbook was basically added on to the previous edition. The length and width pretty stayed the same, so the book just got thicker. The book is too thick to carry on you if you're just wearing scrubs, but can be fit in your white coat. Even so, it just feels annoyingly bulky and heavy.
-Not well-indexed. The index could be more extensive and intuitive. I have only used this book as a third- and fourth-year med student, but I can tell you that there were many times when I tried to look something up in the index, only to get frustrated and wish that I had just searched for it via UpToDate.
-The binding needs to be stronger, given the physical characteristics of the book. My book is split in half, only held together by the cover.
-The length of the REI section. It's roughly as long as the OB section. Given the scope of what OB/Gyn med students and residents experience, that much REI is too extensive for this type of book.
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This has been a great resource for me over the years, from residency, as staff and on a medical support/medcap type mission. I still have my 2007 purchased copy as it has my own notes added, and I love it. However, after 5 years there are a few things outdated and missing...and I am really hoping that there is an update on the way for a paper version. If I ever lose/destroy my current version it will be tough to remember all my edits.

That said, I just ordered 3 copies to give to people in a resource limited environment--I know that a lot of the medications/algorithms etc will have things they can't do or have access to, but the principle concepts are very useful. Also, in the era of online access to everything, there is still a place for small, paper based resources that can fit in a pocket (albeit a thick pocket for this book). I can certainly attest to the lack of wifi/computers/3G etc in large portions of the world! Oh, and yes, there is an app for this, but going by the reviews I've found so far, it's not a robust application (and hard to tell if the actual content has been updated since 2007).

In any case, yes I still recommend this, but use your other resources to understand what information is aging out. I'm giving it a 3.5, rounding up to 4 as I am holding out hope for an update. At that point, going by past history it will be a 5 for a pocket resource.

Recommended with caveats.

JTG
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This is a great book, especially for the price. It is too bad it has lost its "pocket size", but on the other hand you can actually read the font in this edition, and there are several important additions/expansions (actually it does fit in the coat pockets, it is just a little bulky). I would certainly recommend this book to anyone doing Ob/Gyn clerkships, Sub-I's or residency. Other than Up to Date and hospital-specific protocols, this is the most-used reference.
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This book is a great reference. However, even with its small size, it is a big thick and heavy for your white coat pocket. I did carry it around during my OBGYN rotation, because I thought it would be good to have.

Although the information is great and easy to read and access if you know what page it is on, locating the information you need is not so easy if you are not already familiar with the book. If you plan to use this, take some time to flip through it before you start your rotation.
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If you are going into OB/GYN well then this book is pretty great to get started, has a lot of things that you will be referencing during your first couple of years, my only gripe about it is that the binding is horrible and this book falls apart within the first couple of weeks that you are using it. I skimmed it once through at home before ever using it, and by the time I took it out in a real work setting, the pages were already falling out. I haven't done it yet, but I am looking into possibly using superglue to put it all back together, but it is a bit annoying that on the 6th edition, the bindings don't hold up to the test of time (and I was not abusing this book, it was just regular perusing, the glue on the back of the pages that holds it to the binding just isn't that strong)
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As previous reviews state, this book is a great, detailed reference, especially for nights on Labor and Delivery. However, I wish there was a new edition that didn't include the Endocrine section; I'm a family medicine doctor and don't really need the Endocrine information in my pocket at all times. It would take some of the bulk out of it. But, still glad I bought it and will just deal with the extra few ounces weighing me down.
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