In Vitro Fertilization. A Comprehensive Guide Editors: Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Catherine Racowsky* ed. ISBN: 978-1441998477 / Hardback, 272 pages, £126.00 / Springer, 2012


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It is a mark of how dominant and successful IVF has become as a medical treatment, that books on IVF are now more relevant than those on infertility. While IVF was invented for tubal obstruction, it is now a mainstream option for all causes of infertility, and its power has extended well beyond to areas such as fertility preservation and genetic disease.

This book is, as it claims to be, a comprehensive guide. In 16 very readable chapters, it covers infertility evaluation, drug stimulation protocols, both laboratory and clinical aspects of embryology, genetic testing, complex parental arrangements, psychological and managerial issues. Although there is an indisputable American bias with European additions, the large group of authors clearly all share the same enthusiasm for the IVF revolution. Indeed in one chapter the advancing technologies are claimed to have had a greater impact on mankind than the planting of an American flag on the Moon! Stimulating stuff indeed for anyone relatively new to the subject, especially when each chapter is filled with scientific data and evidence, presented in a very approachable format. If there is one area that is missing, it is reproductive immunology. Presumably an editorial decision, it is a pity, as IVF in practice has a long history of adjuvant immune therapy, and the topic deserves a mention at least.

This otherwise excellent book, conveniently packed into a relatively slim light volume, is a great introduction for anyone wanting to learn about IVF.

Reviewer: Gavin Sacks MA DPhil FRCOG FRANZCOG Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales and Clinical Director, IVFAustralia, Sydney, Australia

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Green-top Guidelines

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Aim: Easy access to all current Green-top Guidelines (GTGs) for trainees, consultants, midwives, nurses, GPs and patients.

Operating system(s): Android and optimised for iOS7.

Usability: Simple to navigate and easy to read. Contents listings, bookmarks and notes pages with a link to email are all handy. The search facility is basic but, with careful choice of search terms, it allows cross referencing between guidelines. Updates are only available when online but once content is downloaded GTGs can be accessed in a clinical setting without 3/4G.

Recommend to colleagues/patients? Although all GTGs are free on the RCOG website, this app is worth the one-off cost; it is easy to use and the guidelines are relevant to everyday practice. It is difficult to imagine doing without it, particularly at work.

Cost: £4.99

Reviewer: Mark Roberts MD MRCOG Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

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NICE Guidance

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Aim: Allows mobile access to all NICE guidelines.

O/S: Apple and Android. Reviewed on Samsung Galaxy S3

Usability: Very useful for quick referencing of unfamiliar topics whenever desktop access is not available. Provides excellent up to date evidence based information for diverse topics in medicine for healthcare professionals. Alphabetical list of guidelines with symbol highlighting relevant specialty. Easy to use ‘search’ facility. Allows offline review of guidance if previously downloaded. Automatically updates.

Recommend to colleagues/patients? Yes to colleagues.

Cost: Free.

Reviewer: Andrew Knox MRCOG Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast

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