Endocrine Society members Cheri L. Deal, MD, and Christopher S. Kovacs, MD, are the co-editors of a new textbook devoted to normal and abnormal endocrinology of pregnant and lactating women as well as the fetus and infant.
Titled Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Endocrinology: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Clinical Management, the 1,138-page paperback volume was published by Elsevier this month.
Deal is a professor of endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Montreal, and chief of the Endocrinology Service at the Ste-Justine Mother-Child University Teaching Hospital, Montreal, Canada. Kovacs is a professor of medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, obstetrics & gynecology, and biomedical sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
“Endocrine physiology changes during pregnancy and lactation; so too, the presentation, investigation, and management of endocrine disorders can differ substantially during these intervals in a woman’s life,” Kovacs says. “Altered maternal endocrine physiology can affect the developing fetus or neonate, and endocrine disorders can also primarily develop in the offspring. Clinicians generally have a good understanding of the management of diabetes during pregnancy, but the other endocrine disorders are seen less often, may be overlooked, and their management issues can be less well appreciated.”
This new reference volume expands coverage of specific disorders and diseases beyond the current endocrinology content on the market, which in most cases has a paragraph or no mention at all about pregnancy or aspects of fetal/neonatal development.
“Clinicians generally have a good understanding of the management of diabetes during pregnancy, but the other endocrine disorders are seen less often, may be overlooked, and their management issues can be less well appreciated.”
According to Kovacs, this book expands coverage of specific disorders and diseases beyond current endocrinology texts, which in most cases have a paragraph or no mention at all about pregnancy or aspects of fetal/neonatal development. “It provides a formalized source for understanding normal endocrine physiology during reproduction and fetal/neonatal development, the pathophysiology of disorders of maternal and fetal/neonatal endocrinology, and the clinical investigation and management of these conditions.”
The audience for the new book is not only adult and pediatric endocrinologists, but it would also be suitable for ob-gyns; neonatologists; pediatricians; primary care physicians who provide obstetrical care; residents and fellows in the relevant specialties; as well as translational and clinical research scientists.