The Harvard Guide to Women's Health

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With the publication of The Harvard Guide to Women's Health, women now have access to the combined expertise of physicians from three of the world's most prestigious medical institutions: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. This definitive guide is the one resource women can trust when looking for answers to their health questions. The Harvard Guide to Women's Health features: over 300 A-to-Z entries that answer - in plain English - the questions women most ...
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Overview

With the publication of The Harvard Guide to Women's Health, women now have access to the combined expertise of physicians from three of the world's most prestigious medical institutions: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. This definitive guide is the one resource women can trust when looking for answers to their health questions. The Harvard Guide to Women's Health features: over 300 A-to-Z entries that answer - in plain English - the questions women most frequently ask their doctors; the practical experience of physicians who have cared for thousands of women at leading medical centers; authoritative medical knowledge from pioneers in the emerging field of women's primary care, and the critical guidance women need to navigate today's changing health care system; hard-to-find information about how common diseases and their treatments are different for women than for men, including heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and depression; incomparable coverage of the frequently overlooked emotional and social issues that are inseparable from women's physical health, such as domestic abuse, anorexia and bulimia, occupational hazards, and rape; balanced perspectives on controversies sometimes distorted in the popular media, such as estrogen replacement therapy, breast reconstruction, alcohol use, ideal body weight, and posttraumatic stress disorder; the special implications of conditions and therapies for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and advice on the health concerns of postmenopausal and elderly women; tips on how to record and describe symptoms, and how to ask the right questions about different treatment options; and over 250 illustrations and over 400 resources for further information, including the latest hotlines, newsletters, and online services.

"...a definitive sourcebook for answers to women's health questions...more than 300 entries, arranged alpha-betically, extend beyond the physical symptoms to include anxiety, depression, phobias, and social issues."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The projected Harvard University Press Reference Library is off to an impressive start with its first volume, a comprehensive guide to what women need to know to form effective partnerships with their physicians. Carlson and Eisenstat, co-editors of Primary Care of Women, and Ziporyn, a medical journalist and historian, offer an authoritative and accessible means to this end. Encyclopedic coverage includes over 300 main entries arranged alphabetically from Abdominal Pain to Zinc, plus an extensive index that directs readers to discussions of several hundred subtopics (blood clots, diet pills, Premarin). Matters related to reproduction are emphasized, but general topics such as alternative therapies, exercise, nutrition and concerns common to both sexes, such as diabetes and coronary artery disease, are also discussed, with attention given to how symptoms and treatment may differ for women. Descriptions of specific therapies and procedures are clear; many are accompanied by exceptionally lucid line drawings. The resource directory includes organizations, print sources, Internet and World Wide Web sites. (May)
Library Journal
Arranged in an encyclopedia format and written by practicing women physicians specializing in women's healthcare, this is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the health problems that plague women of all ages. The first volume of the new "Harvard University Press Reference Library," it is well written and well organized, making it useful to readers of all educational levels. It is more comprehensive than the classic The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (LJ 2/1/92) in that it covers a wider range of topics and in greater detail. For example, the coverage of heart disease, a major killer of women over 50, is much deeper. Female sexuality and reproduction are also well covered in The Harvard Guide. On reproductive issues (abortion, etc.), alternative lifestyles (including sexual preference), and medical care issues, Our Bodies, Ourselves tends to be somewhat more comprehensive. Whereas both books list print resources, The Harvard Guide also includes Internet resources. The index is very useful, and the book's A-to-Z arrangement makes it far easier to use than Our Bodies, Ourselves. Illustrations are clearly done line drawings. Although not as personal or redolent with anecdotes as The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, The Harvard Guide is a detailed and highly recommended current resource for all ready-reference and women's collections.Cynthia D. Bertelsen, Virginia Tech. Univ. Lib., Blacksburg
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Some 300 clearly written, alphabetically arranged entries provide authoritative information for the lay public on both mental and physical diseases, tests, symptoms, and commonly asked questions. A major focus, naturally, is on diseases that may affect a woman's reproductive system; but another important focus is on how diseases common to both sexes manifest themselves in women. Thoroughly cross- referenced and indexed. Contains a section of resources for further information--including organizations and publications--arranged by disease. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674367685
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 718
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 10.53 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Karen J. Carlson is a pioneer in the field of primary care for women. More than fifteen years ago she founded Women's Health Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital and is currently Director of this innovative center, which has been widely emulated in other medical centers throughout the country.
Dr. Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Harvard Medical School. Her research and academic publications focus on hysterectomy, ovarian cancer screening, and communication between doctors and patients. She lectures frequently to thousands of physicians in continuing education courses at Harvard and other major medical schools.

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Table of Contents

A
Abdominal Pain
Abortion
Acne
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Adenomyosis
Adhesions
Alcohol
Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening
Alternative Therapies
Amenorrhea
Amniocentesis
Anemia
Anesthesia
Angina Pectoris
Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
Antianxiety Drugs
Antibiotics
Antidepressants
Antiinflammatory Drugs
Anxiety Disorders
Aortic Stenosis
Arrhythmia
Arthritis
Arthroplasty
Artificial Sweeteners
Asthma
Autoimmune Disorders
B
Back Pain
Bacterial Vaginosis
Biopsy
Birth Control
Blood Tests
Body Image
Body Odors
Bowel Disorders
Breast Cancer
Breast Implants and Enlargement
Breast Lumps (Benign)
Breast Pain
Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reduction
Breast Self-Examination
Breastfeeding
Breathing Disorders
C
Calcium
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cataracts
Cervical Cancer
Cesarean Section
Chancroid
Chemotherapy
Chest Pain
Childbirth
Chlamydia
Cholesterol
Chorionic Villi Sampling
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Circulatory Disorders
Coffee
Colds
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Colostomy
Colposcopy
Computerized Axial Tomography Scans
Condoms
Congestive Heart Failure
Constipation
Contact Lenses
Coronary Artery Disease
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Safety
Cosmetic Surgery
Cryosurgery
Cushing Syndrome
Cystocele, Urethrocele, and Rectocele
Cytolytic Vaginosis
D
Dentures, Bridges, and Implants
Depression
Dermabrasion and Chemical Peels
Diabetes
Diaphragms and Cervical Caps
Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
Dieting
Dilation and Curettage
Diuretics
DiverticularDisease
Domestic Abuse
Douching
Dry Eye
E
Eclampsia
Ectopic Pregnancy
Edema
Electrocautery
Electrosurgical Loop Excision
Endometrial Cancer
Endometrial Hyperplasia
Endometriosis
Epilepsy
Estrogen
Estrogen Replacement Therapy
Exercise
Eye Care
Eyelid Surgery
F
Face Lifts
Fallopian Tube Cancer
Fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Foot Care
G
Galactorrhea
Gallstones
Genetic Counseling
Genital Warts
Glaucoma
Goiters and Thyroid Nodules
Gonorrhea
Gum Disease
H
Hair Care
Hair Dyes
Hair Loss
Hair Removal
Headaches
Heart Disease
Heartburn
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis
Hermaphroditism
Herpes
High Blood Pressure
Hirsutism
Hormonal Contraception
Hyperandrogenism
Hyperprolactinemia
Hyperthyroidism
Hypoglycemia
Hypothyroidism
Hysterectomy
Hysteroscopy
I
Immunizations
Incontinence
Infertility
Infrequent Periods
Insomnia
Interstitial Cystitis
Intrauterine Devices
Iron
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
K
Kegel Exercises
Keloid Scarring
Kidney Disorders
Knee Pain
L
Laparoscopy
Laparotomy
Laser Surgery
Laxatives
Lipectomy and Liposuction
Liver Spots
Lubricants
Lumpectomy
Lung Cancer
Lupus
M
Macular Degeneration
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mammography
Manic-Depressive Disorder
Mastectomy
Mastitis
Melanoma
Menarche
Menopause
Menorrhagia
Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual Cycle
Menstrual Cycle Disorders
Midwifery
Miscarriage
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Molar Pregnancy
Moles
Mononucleosis
Morning Sickness
Multiple Personality Disorder
Multiple Sclerosis
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Myasthenia Gravis
Myomectomy
N
Nail Care
Natural Birth Control Methods
Nearsightedness and Farsightedness
Nonsurgical Abortion
Nutrition
O
Obesity
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Occupational Hazards
Oral Contraceptives
Orthodontia
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Otoplasty
Ovarian Cancer
Ovary Removal
P
Pain during Sexual Intercourse
Panic Disorder
Pap Test
Patients' Rights
Pelvic Examinations
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic Pain
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Personality Disorders
Pesticides and Organic Foods
Phobias
Physical Examinations
Platelet Disorders
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Polyps
Postpartum Issues
Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Preconception Counseling
Preeclampsia
Pregnancy
Pregnancy over Age 35
Pregnancy Testing
Premenstrual Syndrome
Prenatal Care
Prolapsed Uterus
Psychosomatic Disorders
Psychotherapy
Pubic Lice
R
Radiation Therapy
Rape
Raynaud's Phenomenon
Retinal Detachment
Retroverted Uterus
Rh Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rhinoplasty
Rosacea
Rubella
S
Safer Sex
Salpingectomy
Scabies
Schizophrenia
Scleroderma
Sclerotherapy
Scoliosis
Screening
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Sexual Abuse and Incest
Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Preference
Sexual Response
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Shingles
Sjögren Syndrome
Skin Care and Cosmetics
Skin Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Smoking
Spermicides
Stress
Stretchmarks
Stroke
Substance Abuse
Syphilis
T
Temporal Arteritis
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Testicular Feminization Syndrome
Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid Disorders
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxoplasmosis
Trichomonas
Tubal Ligation
Turner Syndrome
U
Ultrasound
Umbilical Hernia
Urethral Syndrome
Urinary Tract Infections
Urine Tests
Uterine Fibroids
V
Vacuum Aspiration
Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal Bleeding (Abnormal)
Vaginal Bleeding during Pregnancy
Vaginal Cancer
Vaginitis
Varicose Veins
Vitamins
Vulvar Cancer
Vulvar Cysts
Vulvar Disorders
Vulvar Pain
Vulvitis

W
Weight Tables
Wrinkles
Y
Yeast Infections
Z
Zinc
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