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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marianne H. Hutti, DNS, RNC, OGNP (University of Louisville School of Nursing)
Description: This book describes the physiological and psychological changes associated with menopause and examines the way menopause is viewed across cultures. It discuses the association between menopause and conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Hormone replacement therapy and alternative treatments are also explored.
Purpose: The purpose is to give women the necessary background upon which to make informed choices regarding healthcare decisions about menopause.
Audience: The book is written for the lay public, particularly menopausal women.
Features: This 150-page, softbound book contains large print, and important points are highlighted in the text and tables. There are very few illustrations. The book contains an interesting chapter on alternative therapies for menopause.
Assessment: The content of this book is current, holistic, and presented in an interesting manner. The concluding chapter contains a section on commonly asked questions with associated answers. This informative book presents many aspects of menopause that women should consider when making related medical decisions. It also contains a chapter on "Planning a Healthy Future," which presents information on stress, nutrition, psychological well-being, weight, exercise, and periodic medical check-ups. This book is based on the premise that the needs of the individual woman are paramount, and that preventive measures, natural therapies, and hormone replacement are not mutually exclusive. It is an excellent resource for the well-educated woman; however, it is written at a college level and would not be easily understood by all readers. There are many possible choices regarding menopause that women may make. The information in this book will help women to make choices, leading to optimal health and well-being at midlife and beyond.