American Reference Books Annual review
The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 2008. 500p. illus. index. $24.95pa. ISBN 13: 978-0-16077-183-5.
This guide, offered from the Office on Women’s Health, is intended to provide women of all ages, economic backgrounds, and ethnicities with general health information. It serves more as a guide to keeping women healthy and safe than a guide that will help women deal with long-term health issues, although these are addressed here as well. Numerous medical experts from government agencies helped create this volume, including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Indian Health Service, and National Institutes of Health. The work is arranged into more than 20 chapters that address diseases (e.g., heart disease, type 2 diabetes, blood disorders, HIV/AIDS), woman-specific health concerns (e.g., reproductive health, pregnancy, breastfeeding), well-being (e.g., healthy aging, mental health, nutrition, fitness), and very specific concerns (e.g., violence against women, alternative medicine). The chapters are well written and will be easily understood by women with a high school education. There are many illustrations, charts, lists, and sidebars that add both interest and additional information. Users will find practical advice and tips to deal with a wide range of common health concerns among women of all ages. Each chapter is supplemented with lists of additional resources, Websites, and organizations to contact for more information.
This guide will appeal to a wide range of women. The the very affordable price of $24.95 it should be found in most public libraries of all sizes as well as consumer health collections. The information is timely, easy to comprehend, and lends itself well to further research if needed. This guide is highly recommended.--Shannon Graff Hysell
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (circulation 102,662) dated Janury 11, 2009
"If there's one book every woman should own, it's this gold mine of information that covers health issues from breastfeeding and menopause to cyberstalking. Includes lists of resources. It's a must-have."
Library Journal 5/15/2009 issue Special Feature Article by Jim Church "Looking Back, Moving On: 2008 Best Notable Government Documents"
The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Svcs., Office on Women's Health. 2008. 518p. illus. GPO Stock # 017-001-00560-6
"Intending to give straightforward information on things women can do to stay healthy, this book is filled with easy-to-read, understandable explanations to everyday health problems. Handy charts and eye-catching illustrations, too. Also, personal health stories."
July 8, 2009
ADVANCE FOR NURSES Reviewed by Amy Luckowski, MSN, RN, CCRN
The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages
" When researching health information on the Internet it can be difficult to know how true and reliable that information is. This book is the solution; I recommend that every woman buy a copy. It provides a well-researched place to go for accurate, up to date, and easy-to-understand health information. As nurses we can't know everything about every medical problems so this guide can also help you answer that medical question from your next door neighbor!"
March 5, 2009
Official Nebraska Government Website
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health has published a terrific new book: The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages. It is available for sale from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office http://bookstore.gpo.gov Telephone 866-512-1800. The price is $24.95.
The Healthy Woman is an easy-to-use guide covering many conditions that women encounter throughout thier lifetimes: heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes to name a few. The conditions are discussed from a woman's perspective. Other chapters include advice and information about taking charge of one's own health. The book is full of easy-to-understand explanations, practical tips, charts, and firsthand health stories from women.
This would be a good resource for any public library.