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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the field of women's health from historical, sociological, and clinical perspectives. Each chapter is identified as addressing some or all of the following life phases of women: adolescence (ages 12-20); young adulthood (ages 20-44); perimenopausal and menopausal (ages 45-64); and advanced (ages 65 and older).
Purpose: The purpose is to accumulate and present information on gender differences in health.
Audience: The book is written for health professionals providing primary care to women, health educators developing curricula for women's health, and clinical investigators in the area of women's health. The book is of value to all of these audiences.
Features: Clinical chapters are designed to be useful to practitioners providing primary care to women and include areas of general health issues, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health. The book is well illustrated. Especially appealing are photographs of musculoskeletal clinical conditions commonly seen in women. Well designed tables throughout are helpful in organizing the evaluation and treatment of conditions seen in women in a primary care setting. A chapter on procedures relevant to women's health provides additional useful information to the primary care clinician. Chapters with compilation of demographic and health statistics are valuable to health services researchers and others with an interest in health trends among specific groups of women.
Assessment: This book is ambitious in its attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of women's health, and it achieves many of its aims. It is a valuable book for primary care practitioners to have in their clinics and for health service researchers to have on their shelves.