The Fallopian Tube

This textbook covers all aspects of the fallopian tube from the microscopic research to the macroscopic surgical treatment of tubal disease and onto the epidemiology of tubal infection. The textbook is split into 10 well thought out chapters, written by current clinical leaders and specialists. The textbook offers a robust mix of basic science, epidemiology, surgery and opinion. The book is divided into standard sections, including basic sciences, tubal assessment, infertility, infection and endometriosis. The last section is of particular interest in the management of adnexal torsion, laparoscopic tubal reversal and a chapter on robot-enhanced tubal surgery. I have read through the textbook from a clinical point of view, taking particular interest in those aspects that could add to day-to-day practice. The clinical chapters are well written, balanced and educational. These chapters are of a length that allows for the absorbing of salient points in a sensible amount of time. I was able to glean the most important aspects of a single chapter in a single sitting. In many ways, this textbook reminded me of Speroff’s Clinical Gynaecologic Endocrinology and Infertility. Both are large tomes that could put off the general reader but once opened it is extremely easy to spend time picking out interesting areas to focus on. Many of the chapters have been edited in a functional way, allowing the reader to ‘dip in and out’. It is difficult to pick out the best aspects, as all areas are well covered. However, I found those chapters that debated common clinical problems, such as the surgical treatment of tubal disease/hydrosalpinges prior to IVF, useful in my daily practice.

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaelogy, October 2010; 30(7): 766