Gynecology Principles and Practice, fourth edition, by Robert W. Kistner, MD, is a well executed textbook, which affords the reader with a nicely balanced overview of the basic science of gynecology coupled with information on clinical diagnosis and management.
The first half of the book is laid out by organ system, with each chapter containing subchapters on that particular organ's pathological entities, after covering the basics with the normal anatomy, embryology, and physiology of that organ. The second half of the book deals mainly with more systemic or nonorgan-oriented gynecologic disease, and these chapters go into much more depth on each pathological entity. The book is somewhat reminiscent of The Textbook of Gynecology by Novak in both its format and its emphasis on histological pathology.
This book gives an up-to-date and concise overview of gynecology that can be appreciated in many forms: the third- and fourth-year medical student will find