Preface to the Seventh Edition

As I write this Preface in 2006, the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology worldwide is going through a crisis of recruitment. It seems to all the contributors to this book a strange and sad time as the fascination of obstetrics and gynaecology remains unchallenged. Since the 6th edition, many advances have occurred and these have led to improvements in healthcare throughout the world. The efforts with regard to maternal and fetal health and to the gynaecological care of women remains a triumph of modern medicine. We hope that the reader will enjoy being stimulated by the fascination and intellectual stimulation that comes from the study of obstetrics and gynaecology.

I wish to thank all the contributors who have submitted chapters for the readers' pleasure, to impart their knowledge and to hopefully see this translated into high quality clinical practice.

I would like to thank all of the contributors whose contributions span the breadth of obstetrics and gynaecology and we hope that these individual chapters will stimulate the reader to a greater understanding and thereafter a healthy appetite for more knowledge.

The obstetrics and gynaecology of the future will almost certainly be different from the practice that has occurred over the last 150 years and as the future beckons more specialized individuals, a basic knowledge of obstetrics and gynaecology will still underpin the training of young doctors for the future. I hope this book will continue to provide that wealth of knowledge and stimulate young doctors to join the specialty and become contributors in the future.

I would like to thank my secretary, Liz Manson, without whom many of the contributors in this book would have slept very soundly. Her incessant efforts to obtain the chapters have been remarkable and I am indebted to her. I would also like to thank Fiona Pattison at Blackwell Publishing and the editorial team for their support in the publication of this volume.

d. keith edmonds 2006

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