Chamberlain asked me to assist him with the combining of the original well-established separate
Lecture Notes on Obstetrics and Lecture Notes on Gynaecology by joining him as editor of this textbook
aimed at undergraduate medical, midwifery and nursing students, junior doctors, nurses and midwives. He told me then that he intended to retire from the editorship for the second edition. I owe him an enormous debt as a teacher, mentor and guide through my career and into the complex area of editing a book with an illustrious list of eminent obstetricians and gynaecologists as its previous editors. He graciously agreed to proof read this edition and I thank him for his helpful contribution to the final version. He continues to work as the Emeritus Professor of History of Medicine at the University of Wales.
In this edition I have asked two of my colleagues at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s Medical School/Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Trust to expand the sections on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Breast Disease to reflect the changes in the undergraduate medical curriculum which combines Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Breast Disease and Sexual Health in several UK universities.
I would like to thank them both: Dr David Lewis FRCP, MD from Sexual Health and Mr Nicholas Beechey Newman FRCS, MS who wrote the chapter on Breast Disease. I think their two chapters (6 and 18) are a valuable addition to the book and I hope you, the reader, will agree.
Feedback from students, Senior Lecturers and Professors has led to many smaller changes in the book including an expansion on the history taking and examination sections. At the end of each chapter
there are five self-assessment questions with the answers/marking schemes given in Answers to selfassessment questions (p. 306). The questions cover the full range that may be found within the examination system in the United Kingdom, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including
extended matched questions, scenarios for practicing history taking as in Objective Structured Clinical
Examination (OSCE) as well as the more traditional Multiple Choice Questions.