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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility: Handbook for Clinicians; Pocket Edition 6th Edition
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-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.
-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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great pocket reference. I keep it in my coat pocket everyday.Published 10 months ago by mija
Small enough to fit in the white coat pocket and excellent for when internet is being spotty.Published 11 months ago by Timothy Chan
I'm a 3rd year med student. Lovely book for reference. It's pretty highly regarded by our attendings as use for 3rd year and residency. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tsz Wong
script is too small; often can't find what I'm looking forPublished 17 months ago by Dr. Baruch Fox