Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Edition 6
Edited by Ian M. Symonds, MB BS MMedSci DM FRCOG FRANZCOG and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Publication Date: 18 Oct 2019

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.

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

New Features

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
About the author
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, Professor Emeritus, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s University of London, London, UK
Table of Contents

Section 1 Essential reproductive science

1. Anatomy of the Female Pelvis; 2. Conception and Implantation; 3. Physiological Changes in Pregnancy; 4. Placental and Fetal Growth and Development; 5. Perinatal and Maternal Mortality

Section 2 Essential obstetrics

6. History Taking and Examination in Obstetrics; 7. Normal Pregnancy and Antenatal Care; 8. Obstetric Disorders; 9. Maternal Medicine; 10. Congenital Abnormalities and Assessment of Fetal Wellbeing; 11. Management of Labour; 12. Management of Delivery; 13. Postpartum and Early Neonatal Care; 14. Mental Health and Childbirth

Section 3 Essential gynaecology

15. Basic Clinical Skills in Gynaecology; 16. Gynaecological Disorders; 17. Infertility; 18. Early Pregnancy Care; 19. Sexual and Reproductive Health; 20. Gynaecological Oncology; 21. Prolapse and Disorders of the Urinary Tract


A. Principles of Perioperative Care; B. Governance, Audit and Research; C. Medicolegal Aspects of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; OSCE Stations Questions; OSCE Stations Answers; Self-assessment Questions; Self-assessment Answers; Further Reading; Index

Book Reviews

From customer reviews of the previous edition:

‘This is the O&G textbook to get! It is divided into three sections: a concise description of the basic science, then separate sections on obstetrics and gynaecology. The level of detail is spot on. The pages are colourful and friendly with clinical scenarios, essential points, pictures and tables throughout. The text is broken up by lots of headings for ease of reading and each chapter ends with a brief summary of the essential points - perfect for revision. Information is easy to find via the index and all the main subjects are covered. Marvellous.’

‘I think this book is excellent for earlier years going into medicine. It is very well laid out, including both basic fundamentals as well as covering the common conditions which are encountered. In the later years, or as a guide for exams, this book comes in very helpful in terms of a good revision tool. The chapters are organised very well, with very useful structuring of each topic into an easily readable resource for the medical student. It is also structured very logically by splitting sections relating to obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive sciences in order to make it easier to understand and run through… I have a favourite aspect of the book, the use of ‘Essential Information’ at the end of each section in order to make sure that students are aware of the key points and information.’

Published reviews

‘A very attractive text for undergraduates in medicine, midwives and SHOs in obstetrics and gynaecology preparing for the DRCOG. The text is comprehensive but clear and concise...the graphics are outstanding. This is definitely a textbook to inspire students...and is aesthetically a very pleasing book to handle and read.’

Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Book details
ISBN: 9780702076381
Page Count: 480
Retail Price : £37.99
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