Essential Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6th Edition

by Ian M. Symonds, MB, BS, MMedSci, DM, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

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 Gynecology.

  • 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

More information on:


  • Fetal development


  • Screening for fetal anomaly: non-invasive prenatal testing


  • Placenta accreta


  • Infections acquired in pregnancy: Zika, Rubella


  • Non-invasive prenatal testing


  • 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 has been added to Appendix A.


  • New self-assessment OSCE questions

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