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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen M. Murphy, MSN, MPH, RN (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing)
Description: This book examines medical, social research, and public messages about women's health. It analyzes the various modes of delivering messages to show consistencies, inconsistencies, and gaps in research and in our understanding of women's healthcare.
Purpose: It is intended to provide an overview of the pattern of gaps and biases in public media, campaign messages, and medical and social research/information about women's healthcare.
Audience: The book is aimed at nonacademicians, media consumers of women's health messages, and academicians, students and health practitioners specializing in women's health, and in addition, those involved in the social sciences.
Features: The book has few illustrations, and those are black-and-white. Perhaps a little more attention here would have enhanced the book. On the other hand, the references are current, very pertinent, and come from a wide variety of sources.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. The subject matter is thoroughly and broadly researched by experts from a variety of U.S. universities and colleges. The content is presented in a unique, realistic, and relevant way, emphasizing the role politics and the media play in the process of constructing messages about women's healthcare. Moreover, a broad framework is used to outline the topic, including environmental, sociopolitical, and economic dimensions of women's healthcare messages. The book would be most useful for the well educated public, women's health advocacy groups, students and health practitioners specializing in women's health, in addition to social scientists. I highly recommend that libraries, bookstores, and individuals purchase it.