Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
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Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy continues its tradition as one of the beacons to guide the field of preeclampsia research, recognized for its uniqueness and utility. Hypertensive disorders remain one the major causes of maternal and fetal morbidity and death. It is also a leading cause of preterm birth now known to be a risk factor in remote cardiovascular disease. Despite this the hypertensive disorders remain marginally studied and management is often controversial. The fourth edition of Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy focuses on prediction, prevention, and management for clinicians, and is an essential reference text for clinical and basic investigators alike. Differing from other texts devoted to preeclampsia, it covers the whole gamut of high blood pressure, and not just preeclampsia.
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  • Hardback | 484 pages
  • 223.52 x 279.4 x 33.02mm | 1,496.85g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0124078664
  • 9780124078666
  • 1,252,287

Table of contents

1. Introduction, History, Controversies, and Definitions 2. The Clinical Spectrum of Preeclampsia 3. Epidemiology of Pregnancy-Related Hypertension 4. Genetic Factors in the Etiology of Preeclampsia 5. The Placenta in Normal Pregnancy and Preeclampsia 6. Angiogenesis and Preeclampsia 7. Metabolic Syndrome and Preeclampsia 8. Immunology of Normal Pregnancy and Preeclampsia 9. Endothelial Cell Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress 10. Animal Models 11. Tests to Predict Preeclampsia 12. Prevention of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia 13. Cerebrovascular (Patho)Physiology in Preeclampsia/ Eclampsia 14. Cardiovascular Alterations in Normal and Preeclamptic Pregnancy 15. The Renin-Angiotensin Systems, their Autoantibodies, and Body Fluid Volume in Preeclampsia 16. The Kidney and Normal Pregnancy and Preeclampsia 17. Platelets, Coagulation, and the Liver 18. Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy 19. Antihypertensive Treatment 20. Management
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Praise for the Fourth Edition:

"This book constitutes an indispensable update on preeclampsia, one of the most important and intriguing diseases of pregnancy. It covers the genetic, mechanistic, immunological and medical aspects of hypertension in pregnancy in a very comprehensive way. It is written clearly by world specialists in the subject, making it accessible to students, scientists and physicians as well." - Daniel Vaiman, PhD, HDR, Head Team "Genetics, Epigenetics, Physiopathology of Reproduction,"Co-Head, Department "Development, Reproduction, Cancer," Cochin Institute, INSERM, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France

"Once again the editors of Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy have put together an outstanding team of contributors, combining investigators and clinicians, with expertise in preeclampsia to help elucidate our current understanding of this complex disorder. These contributors have put together an exemplary text that highlights recent basic science and clinical research as well as their implications for clinical care and future investigation. I suspect Dr. Chesley would be proud to see that his name continues to lead such an impressive tome." - Ira M. Bernstein, MD, John van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

"This 4th edition of Chesley's classic textbook provides a superb analysis of the multiple topics that relate to hypertension in pregnancy, especially of preeclampsia, its most delicate condition. These range from the epidemiology to the molecular aspects, all analyzed from the background of normal pregnancy. Each chapter has been written by leaders in their respective areas, who discuss pioneering studies to still latent questions, simple interventions to sophisticated future tools, preconceptional management to the risks that mothers and offspring may face in later life. Clinical observations are conciliated with animal models and opposing hypotheses are united into continua (e.g., from an "underfilled" state in early pregnancy to an "overfill" in late pregnancy, from salt as a pressor element to an activator of the immune system). Putting into perspective the advancements made in the 47 years that separate this from the 1st edition illuminates the multiple achievements as well as the bridges that remain to be crossed. This text is a great way to honor the memory of Dr. Leon Chesley, the leader of this still open path, and should be obligatory reading for obstetricians, nephrologists, cardiologists and endocrinologists alike." - Gloria Valdes, MD, Professor, School of Medicine, Pontifi cia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

Reviews of the Second Edition:

"Preeclampsia remains a lethal enigma of pregnancy. Encompassing more than just hypertension, it can include abnormalities of platelet behavior and clotting mechanisms and of endothelial, hepatic, and renal function. The first edition of Leon Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (1978) was a scholarly monograph, written by a scientist with a passionate interest in the condition. Since then, the number of maternal deaths from preeclampsia and eclampsia per million pregnancies has been halved in developed countries. Nevertheless, preeclampsia, together with eclampsia, remains one of the two most frequently cited causes of maternal death in the West. The second edition is a multiauthored book. The three editors are researchers who have made a particular effort to achieve a degree of homogeneity in the presentation. The contents are divided into six main sections, each overseen by one of the three editors. Each chapter is also coauthored by one of the editors, which has resulted in coherence in the writing among chapters. Most of the chapters begin with a paragraph about how the topic was considered by Chesley that emphasizes the forward-looking and comprehensive nature of his interest... This book i
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Reviews of the Second Edition: "Preeclampsia remains a lethal enigma of pregnancy. Encompassing more than just hypertension, it can include abnormalities of platelet behavior and clotting mechanisms and of endothelial, hepatic, and renal function. The first edition of Leon Chesley's Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (1978) was a scholarly monograph, written by a scientist with a passionate interest in the condition. Since then, the number of maternal deaths from preeclampsia and eclampsia per million pregnancies has been halved in developed countries. Nevertheless, preeclampsia, together with eclampsia, remains one of the two most frequently cited causes of maternal death in the West. The second edition is a multiauthored book. The three editors are researchers who have made a particular effort to achieve a degree of homogeneity in the presentation. The contents are divided into six main sections, each overseen by one of the three editors. Each chapter is also coauthored by one of the editors, which has resulted in coherence in the writing among chapters. Most of the chapters begin with a paragraph about how the topic was considered by Chesley that emphasizes the forward-looking and comprehensive nature of his interest... This book is an authoritative compilation of knowledge in the area, with many references from the second half of the 1990s. It should certainly be in the library of every academic department." --The New England Journal of Medicine "This book is useful for investigators and physicians in the field of hypertension in pregnancy. It is a well-documented book and each chapter is written by an expert in the field. 4 stars!" -- Doody
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About Marshall D. Lindheimer

Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University and Director of the Center for Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Taylor received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and completed the combined MD-PhD program at Baylor College of Medicine. His graduate work on the molecular biology of estrogen action was performed under the supervision of Roy G. Smith, PhD and Bert W. O'Malley, MD. Dr. Taylor trained as a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subsequently as a fellow in Reproductive at UCSF. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Lewis T. ("Rusty") Williams, MD, PhD in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UCSF, where he studied the regulation of placental angiogenesis by growth factors and their receptors. He is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist widely published in the areas of preeclampsia, embryonic implantation and endometriosis. Dr. Taylor serves on influential international, national and state executive committees including the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NIH Reproductive Scientist Development Program, several NIH Women's Reproductive Health Research advisory boards, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is a Past President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and honorary secretary of the World Endometriosis Society. Dr. James M. Roberts, MD is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology and Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Pittsburgh. His research includes fundamental, clinical and health services approaches to the understanding and management of adverse pregnancy outcomes. He led an NIH RCT (10,000 women) of antioxidant vitamins to prevent preeclampsia. He has been the recipient of lifetime achievement awards by the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the SGI and the Preeclampsia Foundation Hope. He has served or serves on the editorial boards of journals including, Placenta, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, Metabolism. Reproductive Sciences, Women's Health Issues and Hypertension. He has been on scientific review boards of the NIH, the CIHR, the FDA and the March of Dimes. He was the chair of the NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Network from 1990 -1999 and is past president of the Perinatal Research Society, the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Society of Gynecological Investigation, and the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy. He was formally admitted to fellowship ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in September 2000. He has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also received mentoring awards from the NICHD and the Society of Gynecological Investigation. F. Gary Cunningham, MD is holder of the Miguel and Beatrice Distinguished Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also chair emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, having served in that position for 22 years. Dr. Cunningham received his MD degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Charity Hospital of New Orleans. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. His early career was influenced by Dr. Jack Pritchard, and together they performed extensive clinical and laboratory research in preeclampsia and eclampsia, coagulopathies and other hematological complications of pregnancy, as well as a myriad of medical and surgical disorders complicating pregnancy. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, served as tor for an NIH consensus conference, and is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Dr. Cunningham has served as senior editor of the 18th through 24th editions of Williams Obstetrics. Dr. Marshall Lindheimer, a professor (emeritus) of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Chicago is a longtime admirer and was a longtime friend of the late Leon Chesley. Chief Editor of the second and third editions of this text and leader of the search for its current chief editor, Dr. Lindheimer prefers to be called "editor emeritus" despite continuing to comment and publish in the area of the hypertension and renal disease in pregnancy. His CV contains over 400 publications including a monograph, other edited texts, reviews, text chapters and articles devoted to both basic and clinical research. Boarded in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, he is the recipient of many awards and honors that include an honorary membership in the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and an ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology London. He has received an Honoris Causa degree from Bern University, the Chesley award from the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Belding Scribner Award from the American Society of Nephrology and the Joseph Bolivar DeLee Humanitarian award from the Board of Directors at Lying-in Hospital, Chicago. Both the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the Preeclampsia Foundation have honored him as well. Of note on his wall is a congratulatory letter from President Obama, recognizing his accomplishments in regard to the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.
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