Each year in the United States, more than 1 million women experience an episode of acute pelvic inflammatory disease [PID], with the rate of infection highest among teenagers. More than 100,000 women become infertile each year as a result of PID, and a large proportion of the 70,000 ectopic pregnancies occurring every year are due to the consequences of the disease. PID can affect the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other related structures. Untreated, it causes scarring and can lead to infertility, tubal pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and other serious consequences. Written and edited by leading authorities in the area, this comprehensive new book reviews the basic sciences of PID and gives clear clinical guidance on the effective management of the disease and its sequelae.