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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Noel Chavez, PhD, RD, LDN (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health)
Description: This book presents an overview of women's health from a personal decision-making perspective. It examines health issues across the life cycle, considering epidemiological, historical, psychosocial, cultural, legal/ethical, political, and economic issues for each.
Purpose: The focus is on presenting a comprehensive view of women's health and its issues within a framework of personal decision-making. Although disease entities are covered (i.e., cancer, heart disease), the overall emphasis is one of health promotion/disease prevention rather than one of pathology. Topics considered new to women's health, such as violence, abuse, and harassment, are also included.
Audience: The book is intended for students of women's studies, health education, nursing, and other related disciplines, and it is appropriate for advanced undergraduates or master's level students; it would also be a quick reference for health professionals. The book is structured for a one-semester course. The credits indicate that the authors are national leaders in women's health.
Features: Information boxes with key points and short individual women's quotes make reading easier and interesting. Graphs, charts, and figures are well drawn and labeled, and the photographs are appropriately used. Each chapter presents philosophical issues for discussion or reflection, references, and resources.
Assessment: This book provides a good overview of current, important issues in a readable yet comprehensive manner, and it would be informative for professionals in translating technical information for consumers. The personal decision-making focus used in the text reflects current health education thinking, which when used by college women could positively affect personal health practices.