Medical professionals are often involved in the management of the pregnant patient without necessarily being experts on all the complications surrounding pregnancy. The Handbook of Obstetric Medicine addresses the most common and serious medical conditions encountered in pregnancy, including heart disease, thromboembolism, diabetes, skin problems, gastrointestinal disease, neurological problems, hormonal diseases, hypertension and pre-eclampsia, and more. For each condition, the handbook includes a description of incidence, clinical features, pathogenesis, diagnosis, the effect of pregnancy, and management of the condition. The book also includes a detailed section focusing on the differential diagnosis of common symptoms including hypertension, chest pain, palpitations, breathlessness, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pain, and more.

The symptoms and differential diagnoses are presented in an easy-to-read tabular format and include a description of important clinical features and potential areas of investigation. For those clinicians understandably reluctant to prescribe drugs during pregnancy, a useful appendix includes a section on prescribing in pregnancy and a list of contra-indicated drugs. In addition, to assist in the interpretation of laboratory tests, a second appendix lists normal laboratory values in pregnancy, broken down by trimester. Pre –pregnancy counselling and postnatal follow up are vital in the holistic management of women with medical problems and this includes appropriate contraceptive advice. A third appendix has therefore been added as a ready reference for clinicians not familiar with effective contraception.

The new edition remains a pragmatic and easy-to-use design by including tables, bullets, and "Points to remember" boxes for ease of reference. It is an essential on-the-spot guide for obstetricians, physicians, general practitioners, and midwives in both practice and training.

Catherine Nelson-Piercy, MA, FRCP, FRCOG Past President, International Society of Obstetric Medicine, Professor of Obstetric Medicine, King’s College London, Co-founding Editor-in-Chief, Obstetric Medicine

Praise for previous editions:
"This is an excellent handbook of obstetric medicine, which deserves to be on the shelves of all actively practicing obstetricians."—British Medical Association Medical Book Awards

"This book gets it just right and is a true handbook, easy to read, accessible and is not too large but packs in a lot of useful and relevant information." - Glycosmedia

section Section A|301 pages


chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Hypertension and pre-eclampsia

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

Heart disease

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Thromboembolic disease

chapter Chapter 4|24 pages

Respiratory disease

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Diabetes mellitus

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Thyroid and parathyroid disease

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Pituitary and adrenal disease

chapter Chapter 8|25 pages

Connective tissue disease

chapter Chapter 9|29 pages

Neurological problems

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

Renal disease

chapter Chapter 11|22 pages

Liver disease

chapter Chapter 12|20 pages

Gastrointestinal disease

chapter Chapter 13|10 pages

Skin disease

chapter Chapter 14|21 pages

Haematological problems

section Section B|42 pages

Differential Diagnosis of Medical Problems in Pregnancy

chapter Chapter 16|41 pages