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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a pointed and provocative little book intended to move women working in the health care system to challenge myths established by a male-dominated society that relegate women to subservient roles as workers and patients.
Purpose: The book identifies a number of these myths and their origins so that women, especially nurses working in health care settings, will advocate to overcome them.
Audience: The apparent audience for this book includes women in general, but especially those concerned over issues of women's health and/or working in the health care field. These would include traditionally women-dominated occupations like nursing, nutrition, and various medical technical fields.
Features: Other than its focus and obvious bias, there are few distinguishing features of this book. The illustrations, table of contents, index, and references are adequate. The cover is meant to attract attention.
Assessment: This book does present some interesting arguments and material, although it suffers from its one-sided presentation of many important issues facing women as patients and health professionals. It does have value as a thought-provoking work that can help broaden understanding of these issues, but not as a stand-alone treatise on these subjects. As such, it could be a useful addition to a collection on women's health in the 1990s.