Published online by Cambridge University Press: 04 August 2010
The past three decades have witnessed a transformation in reproductive medicine from science fiction to one of the most advanced medical disciplines. Our textbook is a confirmation of the tremendous achievements in scientific research that changed the course of our clinical practice. Thirty years of in vitro fertilization (IVF) was celebrated this year in Alexandria, honoring Robert Edwards specifically. More than four million IVF babies have been born worldwide. The doors that were opened by Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe lead to many miracles. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in vitro maturation, oocyte vitrification, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and ovarian transplantation are dreams that were fulfilled. Many couples still have no hope of having their own families and demand us to keep moving forward.
The authors of the chapters of this book have lead the world for the three decades. They contributed their finest and most advanced research. We find in every one of them a sincere desire to uphold the ethics and the respect in our society. The friendship and cordiality between them has been amazing. They represented the six continents truly, and many of them have worked in more than one continent. It is not surprising that they worked together in such an elegant and a unique way. The different chapters are individualized in style, but the spirit of the book has united them. From reproductive physiology to surgery and assisted reproduction, the authors move with great elegance. The ethical and moral issues have been thoughtfully considered.