Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780702030765, 9780702054754

Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology

5th Edition

Editors: E. Malcolm Symonds Ian Symonds Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Paperback ISBN: 9780702030765
eBook ISBN: 9780702054754
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 27th August 2013
Page Count: 448


This is the fifth edition of a popular, highly readable primer in obstetrics and gynaecology. It has been thoroughly updated and reconfigured to key into the new undergraduate curriculum n 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 throughout.
  • Practical procedures boxes throughout.
  • Alert (warnings or advice) and tick (guidance or definitions) boxes throughout.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Essential reproductive science

1. Anatomy of the female pelvis

Caroline de Costa

2. Conception and nidation

Roger Pepperell

3. Physiological changes in pregnancy

Fiona Broughton Pipkin

4. Placental and fetal growth and development

E. Malcolm Symonds

5. Perinatal and maternal mortality

Boon H. Lim

Section 2 Essential obstetrics

6. History taking and examination in obstetrics

Edwin Chandraharan

7. Normal pregnancy and antenatal care

Shaylee Iles

8. Obstetric disorders

Henry G. Murray

9. Maternal medicine

Suzanne V.F. Wallace, Henry G. Murray and David James

1. Assessment of fetal wellbeing

David James and Suzanne V.F. Wallace

11. Management of labour

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

12. Management of delivery

Aldo Vacca

13. Postpartum problems

Shankari Arulkumaran

14. Psychiatric disorders of childbirth

Margaret R. Oates

Section 3 Essential gynaecology

15. Basic clinical skills in gynaecology

Ian M. Symonds

16. Gynaecological disorders

Ian S. Fraser

17. Infertility

William Ledger

18. Early pregnancy care

Ian M. Symonds

19. Sexual and reproductive health

Roger Pepperell

2. Gynaecological oncology

Hextan Y.S. Ngan and Karen Chan

21. Prolapse and disorders of the urinary tract

Ajay Rane and Jay Iyer


A: Principles of perioperative care

Stergios K. Doumouchtsis 

B: Governance, audit and research

Tahir Mahmood

C: Medicolegal aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology

Roger Pepperell


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About the Editor

E. Malcolm Symonds

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus in Obstrics and Gynaecology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Ian Symonds

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Newcastle, John Hunter Hospital, NSW, Australia

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s University of London, UK; Foundation Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nicosia, Cyprus


‘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 and Gynaecology