This is the essential textbook for students of obstetrics and gynaecology as well as women's health more generally. Thoroughly modern in approach, it covers clinical topics and surgical procedures as well as providing detailed commentary on the contemporary social, psychological and economic issues that affect women's health. Many authors who are the acknowledged leaders in their respective research field have contributed succinct chapters. In this way both students and health professionals are able to benefit from their expertise in a lively and accessible text. It will be a valuable resource for health professionals, including general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and health workers. Specific sections address women's mental health, genetics, prescribing for women, health promotion, hormones throughout the life cycle, psychological and behavioural issues. The text is fully illustrated with many useful guides, tables, photographs and diagrams.