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Middle East Fertility Society Journal (2012) 17, 144

Middle East Fertility Society

Middle East Fertility Society Journal

Human Assisted Reproductive Technology: Future Trends in
Laboratory and Clinical Practice (Cambridge Medicine) David
K. Gardner (Editor), Botros R.M.B. Rizk (Editor), Tommaso
Falcone (Editor). Cambridge University Press, 2011. 336 pages

This book represents a collection of concise, practical review

articles on cutting-edge topics in reproductive medicine. Each
chapter presents a balanced view of all the current clinically
relevant information and offers speculations on how practice
will change over the coming few years. As indicated in the title,
the book covers both the clinical and laboratory arms of assisted
reproductive technology. It is written in 28 chapters most of
them are packed with illustrations and gures as well as some
very nice colored plates. The impressive list of over 40 contributors promises the reader of an up-to-date guide to practice and
an insightful forecast of future trends.
The clinical section of the book discusses advances in reproductive surgery and current use of robotic surgery both for tubal
reversal and removal of broids. It looks into the renement of
surgical procedures for fertility preservation purposes. Chapters
also discuss non-invasive diagnosis of endometriosis with proteomics technology, new concepts in ovarian stimulation and
GnRH antagonists in ART. The management of polycystic
ovary syndrome, and evidence-based ART are discussed each

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in a separate chapter. Ovarian endometriomas and their effect

on IVF outcome are nicely covered. Adjuvant therapy to increase implantation rates are thoroughly covered, and ovarian
hyperstimulation syndrome is discussed comprehensively.
The embryology section discusses issues ranging from threedimensional in vitro ovarian follicle culture, articial gametes,
human oocyte in vitro maturation, oocyte and zona imaging,
and morphometric and proteomics analysis of embryos, to
oocyte and embryo cyropreservation. Sperm diagnosis and
how to select the best sperm for IVF/ICSI treatment are discussed. A nice chapter on Can we improve IVF outcome
discussed all the future possibilities for improvement of results.
All chapters are very well written and the editors need to be
congratulated for managing to recruit all those international
authors who represent experts in their elds from all over
the world.
This book is recommended for all gynecologists specially
those working in reproductive medicine, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists and andrologists, particularly those who
are interested in recent advances and future possibilities.
Mohamed Aboulghar
Cairo, Egypt
E-mail address:
Available online 26 May 2012