Reproductive Health Care for Women and Babies / Edition 1

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Overview


A recent poll revealed some disturbing aspects of the current state of health care provision for women and children. The poll dealt with issues as diverse as clinical examinations and communication between women and their doctors. Such issues, long ignored or under-appreciated by medical researchers, clinicians, and public policy makers, are increasingly receiving attention, not only from public health experts, but also from politicians, pressure groups, and the media.
Reproductive Health Care for Women and Babies addresses all the medical and societal aspects of health care that go to form public health policy for women. The editors have assembled an international team of contributors who provide the reader with a truly global picture of the issues involved. These features combine to provide a much better understanding of the health care needs of women. Doctors will be able to take a broader view of their role, beyond the traditional one of diagnosis and treatment, and communicate more effectively their individual and collective views. Such a reorientation is essential if physicians are to assume their proper role at the center of the formation of public health policy. For anyone involved in providing health care for women and children, this book is essential reading.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Arden Handler, DrPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book examines a wide range of issues affecting women's reproductive health, integrating clinical, epidemiological, and health services knowledge in each area with an assessment of the implications for women's health care policy.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the reader about the links between medical research, clinical medicine, public policy, and health communication to improve public policy in the area of women's reproductive health. The issues examined are highly relevant, although in some instances policy issues seem to be subordinate to the clinical and epidemiologic information provided.
Audience: The book is targeted broadly at an audience that includes consumers, physicians, legislators, policy makers, and those who pay for health care. However, it is academic in style and less likely to appeal to individuals who have less scientific knowledge such as consumers and legislators.
Features: The format of the book allows quick access to the information; the subheadings, which are also presented as an outline for each chapter, are particularly helpful.
Assessment: This is a valuable book for those interested in reproductive health policy. It is particularly useful for those teaching women's health or maternal and child health as many of the chapters provide excellent overviews of the epidemiological and clinical knowledge that impact on women's reproductive health.
Arden Handler
This book examines a wide range of issues affecting women's reproductive health, integrating clinical, epidemiological, and health services knowledge in each area with an assessment of the implications for women's health care policy. "The purpose is to educate the reader about the links between medical research, clinical medicine, public policy, and health communication to improve public policy in the area of women's reproductive health. The issues examined are highly relevant, although in some instances policy issues seem to be subordinate to the clinical and epidemiologic information provided. "The book is targeted broadly at an audience that includes consumers, physicians, legislators, policy makers, and those who pay for health care. However, it is academic in style and less likely to appeal to individuals who have less scientific knowledge such as consumers and legislators. "The format of the book allows quick access to the information; the subheadings, which are also presented as an outline for each chapter, are particularly helpful. "This is a valuable book for those interested in reproductive health policy. It is particularly useful for those teaching women's health or maternal and child health as many of the chapters provide excellent overviews of the epidemiological and clinical knowledge that impact on women's reproductive health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192625304
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Evolving role of children in our society, M. Avery
I Changing Health Risks for Women over their Lifecycle
1. The health risks women face, C. Russell
2. Reproductive cycles in women: The impact on quality of life, B. Kessel
3. Female adolescent health care: international perspective, R. Gardner
4. Sexually transmitted diseases, W. Cates, Jr.
5. AIDS in women, D. Cotton
6. Screening for cancer in women, J. Niloff and J. Chamberlain
7. Benign gynecological conditions, changing indications for surgery, D. Chapin
II Family Planning and Fertility
8. Contraception, L. Mastroianni, Jr.
9. Female sterilization, H.B. Peterson and L.S. Wilcox
10. Induced abortion, S. Henshaw
11. Assisted fertilization, C. Wood and K. Dawson
III Maternal Health Care
12. Maternity-related health care in the U.S.A., L.V. Klerman and I.R. Merkatz
13. Maternal health care in the developing world, R.H. Philpott
14. An evaluation of maternity services, R.W. Beard and J. Chapple
15. Maternal mortality and morbidity, A. Rosenfield
16. Cesarean section, T.F. Nielsen
IV Pregnancy and Prevention of Adverse Infant Outcomes
17. Evaluation of monitoring techniques in pregnancy, R.K. Freeman
18. Substance abuse in pregnancy, W. Chavkin
19. Prevention of preterm birth in France, E. Papiernik
20. Infections in pregnancy that may affect the development of the baby, C.S. Peckham
21. Screening for the abnormal baby, P.R. Reilly
V Impact of Adverse Infant Outcomes
22. Infant mortality: confronting disciplinary fragmentation in research and policy, P.H. Wise
23. Small for gestational age infants, R.L. Goldenburg
24. Cerebral palsy, K.B. Nelson
epilogue by Sir Donald Acheson
25. Neonatal intensive care, S.K. Lee
VI Obstetrics and Public Policy
26. Human genome project: implications for practicing obstetricians, B.P. Sachs and B. Korf
27. Professional liability and the practice of obstetrics, A. Pinshaw and H. Hiatt

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