Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. - book reviews

Author: Beth Alexander
Date: Oct, 1991

This book would make a useful addition to the libraries of physicians who care for pediatric and adolescent patients. A comprehensive text of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, it is a clear and concise compendium that covers a wide array of biomedical and psychosocial issues. Organized for easy use as a reference, it also lists sources for extended reading on selected topics.

The well-written chapters on evaluation of ambiguous genitalia in the infant, evaluation of precocious and delayed pubertal changes, and problems of disordered menstrual patterns are technically detailed but also serve as refernces for the primary care physician in guiding the direction of initial evaluation and/or referral.

Chapters on common gynecologic issues with children and adolescents are well outlined, well written and well documented. Of particular value to the family physician are section on contraceptive use, evaluation of suspected sexual abuse, legal issues involving informed consent, sexually transmitted disease and teen-age pregnancy. The appendixes on patient education for contraception, sex education and the forms for documentation of the sexual abuse examination are practical and well presented.

Discussions about cultural and ethnic diversity in the physician's approach to adolescents, and detailed discussions about parental and family issues that often arise in the care of adolescents with gynecologic and obstetric problems are missing. These omissions, however, are minor compared with the thoroughness of the book in general and its usefulness to family physicians in the management of common and unusual gynecologic problems in children and adolescents.

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