It does not happen too often that one has the opportunity to review two books on the same topic by the same team of editors published in the same year, but this is the case here. I recently had had the opportunity to review another book on in vitro fertilization edited by Drs Wood and Trounson (JAMA 1984;252:3189). One may wonder why the same editors would produce two texts within the same year on the same topic. An easy conclusion could be that the publication glut has finally also been reached in in vitro fertilization. While this may be the case, this second volume by Trounson and Wood is by no means repetitive. The first book presented the Australian view, of in vitro fertilization, which appropriately deserved an individual volume because of Australia's forefront position. The here-reviewed text represents a more worldwide look at the topic of in vitro fertilization.