When initially asked to review the book by Dr Faruk Hadžiselimović, entitled Cryptorchidism, I was enthused. This topic has always been somewhat confusing and diffuse, with pertinent information spread amongst a large number of references in several different disciplines. This book brings the references together and is written by a distinguished panel of authors. The table of contents is complete and helpful.
The first half of the book is oriented to a basic science perspective.
The format of the chapters is standard, beginning with the history and evolution of testicular descent and proceeding to embryology, histology, and ultrastructure or the basic science characteristics of cryptorchidism. This section is followed by clinical implications covering endocrinology, fertility, tumor genesis, and treatment aspects.
The last seven chapters are from a clinical standpoint, the important portion of the book. Each author made an effort to separate the fact from theories when addressing specific issues.