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Disorders of Sex Development.


Disorders of Sex Development

A. Wisniewski, S. Chernausek, & B. Kropp, (2012)

Publisher: John Hopkins University Press

Year Published: 2012

104 pages

Paperback: $18.95

Wisniewski, Chernausek, and Kropp provide very detailed information regarding disorders of sexual development (DSD) in the pediatric patient. The authors use their extensive knowledge to create a book that describes various disorders of sex development, proper testing to confirm diagnosis, longterm effects of the disorders, and challenges that families and affected children will face throughout their lifetime. Difficult questions and important issues that may arise in the care and treatment of this child are articulated in a way that provides knowledge and guidance for the parent and the health care provider. Key questions are outlined at the beginning of each chapter to provide organization and a quick reference for the reader. The book provides an accurate description of disorders of sexual development that is easy to understand for parents of children with a DSD and medical professionals who wish to learn more about this issue.

The book begins with a description of sexual determination and sexual differentiation that clearly defines these terms for the reader. There are several diagrams in the beginning chapters of the book to assist with understanding the development and anatomy of children with a disorder. There are also detailed descriptions of specific procedures that will be done in the diagnosis and follow up care of the child with a DSD. Treatment options that are mentioned include medical and surgical interventions. One of the most important portions of this chapter involves the unbiased discussion of the pros and cons of treatment options. This section leads the reader to clearly understand and accurately weigh options that are best for the child and family.

A great strength of this book involves the care and attention that is given to assisting parents in understanding the many aspects that are part of the care of their child with DSD. The authors seem to answer all the questions that a parent may ask of themselves and their health care providers throughout the life of their child. Very difficult issues such as gender assignment, sexual orientation, and various challenges children may face medically and socially as they grow are addressed clearly and concisely. The authors include information that is engaging and proactive for parents in order to help prevent unanswered questions and control future issues that may arise within the family of children with DSD.

Although there is a wealth of information that is included in the book, the authors do not list references for each chapter for their evidence based information. A more complete list of references for each chapter may have been useful to the health care professional reading this book.

This book will provide the heath care professional with a greater understanding of the diagnosis and challenges that are encountered by families with a child that has been diagnosed with DSD, and is an excellent resource for the child birth educator. The clear presentation of DSD will give valuable information to parents. The majority of the book is specifically geared toward issues that parents will encounter in the care of their child while also addressing medical terminology, treatment options, and long term implications of DSD. This makes this book an excellent option for child birth educators to recommend to families with a child with DSD.

This book is recommended for parents of children with DSD. Most of the book is dedicated to educating parents about the common issues surrounding children with DSD. This book is also recommended for health care professionals who wish to better understand the diagnosis, treatment, and challenges and specific care options for this population. The issues surrounding DSD can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. The information provided by the authors is insightful and clearly gives an overview to all of the challenges surrounding the child with DSD.

Brandi is an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing where she teaches pediatric nursing. She has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner and currently specializes in the care and research of children with special needs. She is pursuing her PhD in nursing at East Tennessee State University.

Brandi Lindsey, RN MSN CPNP
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Author:Lindsey, Brandi
Publication:International Journal of Childbirth Education
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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