This textbook presents core material of obstetrics, gynecology, and perinatal medicine within a single volume of modest size. As the authors state, it is difficult, if not impossible, to define the core content of human reproduction in such a way as to please all anatomists, physiologists, geneticists, embryologists, biochemists, obstetrician-gynecologists, and pediatricians. Drs. Page and Villee have, in their opinion, included that body of knowledge which every student should learn irrespective of intended or actual area of specialization. The book includes only the principles of treatment, and leaves the details of medical and surgical therapy for the clinical clerkship, internship, or residency. Infrequent disease entities and variants of specific disorders have been intentionally omitted.
Seventeen chapters cover a wide range of topics such as development and anatomy of the female reproductive tract; the female reproductive cycle; family planning; human genetics; fertilization; the placenta and gravid uterus; fetal nutrition and growth;