My Body; Women Speak out about Their Health Care

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"I want to stay in charge of my health. I want to make the decisions." This is the overwhelming sentiment of all women who are looking for ways to find vital information about their health care choices. In other times and cultures, women were the healers and doctors of their communities, exchanging information and building on their knowledge. During the Middle Ages, however, much of the wisdom and health information that women had acquired became the property of a patriarchal scientific establishment that disregarded and neglected them. In many
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"I want to stay in charge of my health. I want to make the decisions." This is the overwhelming sentiment of all women who are looking for ways to find vital information about their health care choices. In other times and cultures, women were the healers and doctors of their communities, exchanging information and building on their knowledge. During the Middle Ages, however, much of the wisdom and health information that women had acquired became the property of a patriarchal scientific establishment that disregarded and neglected them. In many ways, this is still the case for women who need to obtain information crucial to their health. Is the modern medical community fulfilling their long-neglected needs? Are their health problems taken seriously? What would they like to change about this system? My Body: Women Speak Out about Their Health Care is a provocative response to these questions as well as an acute examination of the tenuous role of women within today's health care system. Ms. Marion Crook, an esteemed health writer/researcher and community health care nurse, presents compelling interviews with women from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the United States and Canada that explore; how they obtained medical information; their experiences using different kinds of medicine - western, alternative, ethnic based, or a combination thereof; their struggles to realize the role of health and illness in their lives. The author gives specific advice on how women can obtain not only useful health information but also respect and emotional support from a physician. From her years of nursing experience, Ms. Crook has extraordinary insight into the way in which women use or are used by the health care systems in the United States and Canada and projects what they can do to implement change in local health care facilities. This book will enable women of all ages and cultural backgrounds to educate and empower themselves in every aspect of their health

Based on interviews w/women from various socioeconomic & ethnic backgrounds/explores how they obtained medical info.

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Sometimes the worst healthcare decisions women make are simply the result of not having the appropriate information. Crook does an outstanding job of empowering women with the information needed to reverse this trend. She draws on interviews from Canadian and American women from various socioeconomic backgrounds who have traditionally left their health decisions up to professionals and now want to take an active role. The book has something for everyone. Contained are chapters on the historic view of women in medicine; problems of women at different stages of their lives; enlightening advice on signing presurgical forms (which can be problematic); and a delightful section on teaching children to be assertive toward medical professionals. The list of resources at the back enhances the book's usefulness. Not necessarily a cover-to-cover reader but an ideal decision-making tool to be picked up when needed. Recommended for health, academic, and public libraries.-Belinda Wise, formerly with Univ. of Farmingdale, N.Y.
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Interviews with women from the United States and Canada explore how they obtain medical information, their experiences using various kinds of medicine (such as Western, alternative, and ethnic-based), and how they see the role of health and illness in their lives. Offers specific advice for obtaining both useful health information and also respect and emotional support from physicians. Includes a list of health-related groups in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306449437
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Women in the World of Health and Healing 5
Ch. 2 Women in Medicine: A Historic View 13
Ch. 3 Different Problems at Different Times 31
Ch. 4 Walls around Us 47
Ch. 5 Walls around Information 59
Ch. 6 Why Doctors Don't Give Health Information 75
Ch. 7 Alternative Practitioners: Complementary or Fringe Figures 93
Ch. 8 The Nature of Quacks 113
Ch. 9 What Women Want from Their Doctors 131
Ch. 10 What Women Want from Society 151
Ch. 11 The Cost of Health Information 163
Ch. 12 Healing in Different Cultures 179
Ch. 13 Finding Health Information 197
Ch. 14 The Ideal Health Information System 213
Ch. 15 Some Examples of Close-to-Ideal Centers 227
Ch. 16 What One Woman Can Do 241
Ch. 17 The Next Generation 255
Epilogue 267
Notes 269
Resources 277
Bibliography 285
Index 293
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