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Hysterectomy Hoax: The Truth about Why Many Hysterectomies Are Unnecessary and How to Avoid Them

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While more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States, 90 percent of them are unwarranted. This vital health guide offers women the information they need to empower themselves in making critical health decisions. For example, surgery can often do more harm than good and may pose needless risks, except in situations involving a life-threatening illness such as cancer. Surgeons, however, often rely on hysterectomies as a panacea for everything from premenstrual syndrome to ...

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Overview

While more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States, 90 percent of them are unwarranted. This vital health guide offers women the information they need to empower themselves in making critical health decisions. For example, surgery can often do more harm than good and may pose needless risks, except in situations involving a life-threatening illness such as cancer. Surgeons, however, often rely on hysterectomies as a panacea for everything from premenstrual syndrome to uterine fibroids. An important way to bridge the communication gap between patient and physician is to ask the specific questions in this book. Included is information about various gynecological conditions—such as endometriosis, uterine prolapse, ovarian cysts, and precancerous conditions—and suggestions for alternative treatments.

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“Offers a powerful critique of the standard medical practices of performing hysterectomies as a panacea.”  —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970090812
  • Publisher: Next Decade, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley West, MD, is the chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. He lives in Bedford, New York. Paula Dranov is the coauthor of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds and the author of Estrogen: Is It Right for You?

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