The new edition of this book follows the pattern of prior editions, which is to say that the book remains so concisely written, there is scarcely a superfluous sentence. The contents are divided into three major sections, which include the physiology of female reproduction, clinical endocrinology, and infertility.
The section on physiology and biochemistry comprises three chapters that summarize recent developments in hormone biochemistry, neuroendocrinology, and the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Each of these chapters is very well written, highly informative, and completely up-to-date. For example, the new information on steroid receptor concepts is fully explained and integrated with the prior classic receptor model, while the section on the mechanism of action for trophic hormones is greatly expanded to include some of the most recent information, including the calcium messenger system. The chapter on neuroendocrinology contains recent information on the control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone pulses as well as a