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Handbook of Genitourinary Medicine
  1. Chris Carne
  1. Genitourinary Medicine, Clinic 1A, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hill Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

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    Ed by S Barton, P Hay. Pp 496; £45. London: Edward Arnold, 1999. ISBN 0-340-740841.

    This book is a terrific read and should be read cover to cover by all practising genitourinary medicine physicians and trainees. Generally the quality of the writing is excellent. Genitourinary medicine is a rapidly advancing field so read the book now before it becomes out of date. Already the incubation period of the text shows in places. Some statistics relate to 1992 where 1997 figures are available. Some statements are also slightly out of date.

    In a book of this size the referencing presents a challenge. If one references every statement (and considers all the conflicting evidence) the handbook turns into a weighty and unmanageable tome. Mostly, the authors have managed a sensible compromise. Statements that are uncontroversial or old hat are not referenced. Occasionally more controversial statements remain unreferenced. This may present a problem for the trainee. There are also some surprising omissions. I could find no descriptions of desquamative vaginitis or focal vulvitis. However, I believe that this handbook could serve as an excellent basis for discussions between trainer and trainee and stimulate further reading around these topics.

    Get this book. You will enjoy it. A number of chapters are absolute gems.

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