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Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 6th Edition

Editors :
Ian M. Symonds & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

This is the sixth edition of a popular, highly readable primer in obstetrics and gynaecology. It has been thoroughly updated and aligns with the undergraduate curriculum in O&G devised by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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This is the sixth edition of a popular, highly readable primer in obstetrics and gynaecology. It has been thoroughly updated and aligns with the undergraduate curriculum in O&G devised by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


New to this edition

More information on:

  • Fetal development
  • Screening for fetal anomaly: non-invasive prenatal testing
  • Placenta accreta
  • Infections acquired in pregnancy: Zika, Rubella
  • Non-invasive prenatal testin
  • Fetal Doppler examination, e.g. middle cerebral artery, ductus venosus
  • Management of preterm labour: oxytocin antagonists
  • Induction of labour: components of Bishop score
  • Ectopic pregnancy: Caesarean scar ectopic, cornual ectopic
  • Emergency contraception: ulipristal acetate
  • Sterilization: salpingectomy
  • Genital tract infections: role of sexual health clinic, contact tracing
  • Cervix: update on HPV screening and vaccination
  • Ovary: update FIGO staging of ovarian carcinoma; "risk reducing surgery" for ovarian cancer
  • WHO surgical safety checklist added to Appendix A.
  • New self-assessment OSCE questions

Key Features
  • Highly illustrated throughout
  • Essential information points at the end of chapters
  • Case histories
  • Practical procedures boxes
  • Alert (warnings or advice) and tick (guidance or definitions) boxes throughout
  • Over 100 self-assessment MCQs
  • Appendices: Principles of Perioperative Care; Governance, Audit and Research
  • Reflects the national undergraduate curriculum in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK and Australia

Author Information
Edited by Ian M. Symonds, MB BS MMedSci DM FRCOG FRANZCOG , Dean of Medicine, University of Adelaide; Head of School, Adelaide Medical School; Visiting Medical Specialist in Obstetrics, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, PhD DSc FRCSE FRCOG FRANZCOG (Hon), Professor Emeritus, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s University of London, London, UK