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The Women's Complete Healthbook

The Women's Complete Healthbook

by American Medical Womens Association, Susan Cobb Stewart
     
 
Written for women by the foremost authority in women's health, and more comprehensive than every other book on the subject, this painstakingly researched definitive guide to women's health care in the nineties is categorized by body part from head to toe. For too long, women have been treated peripherally by the health care industry. Women today need an

Overview

Written for women by the foremost authority in women's health, and more comprehensive than every other book on the subject, this painstakingly researched definitive guide to women's health care in the nineties is categorized by body part from head to toe. For too long, women have been treated peripherally by the health care industry. Women today need an authoritative, all-encompassing health reference book that offers succinct, clear information about health issues specifically tailored to them; a book that provides complete and practical answers to the questions they have about their health. The Women's Complete Health Book is just that. Written by a collection of the country's most influential female physicians, it contains up-to-the-minute information on a wide variety of general health problems as well as issues of exclusive concern to women: The increasing risk of heart disease in women * Minimizing the risk of breast cancer * Breakthroughs in contraception and reproductive rights * Pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy * The important role of B vitamins in the treatment of PMS, Fibroid tumors and hysterectomies * The mammography controversy * Women's increasing risk of AIDS.

Examining and illuminating the important physical passages of women's lives, and the critical effects of these changing life-cycles, this crucial volume targets a different part of the body in each chapter, allowing speedy access to specific information about disease. Each entry explains the key indications of the problem, and includes basic information such as origins and occurrence, the long- and short-term consequences, and a thoroughdiscussion of treatment options. Contributor and spokesperson for The Women's Complete Healthbook is Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps, the first black woman to serve as president of AMWA, a strong advocate of medical services for the poor, and a practicing pediatrician, teacher, administrator, and organizational leader for nearly 40 years. The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is a national organization of women physicians and medical students dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the medical profession. Founded in 1919, it is made up of 11,000 doctors, residents, and interns, and it based in Washington D.C.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Joyce E. Dains, DrPH, RN, CS (Baylor College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference for all aspects of women's health, designed as a resource for women who make healthcare decisions. It covers topics from health maintenance concerns to reproductive health and common health problems.
Purpose: Although the emphasis is on health maintenance through disease prevention and health promotion, it helps readers understand how disease affects the body and how and when to obtain medical care.
Audience: This book is for women who are consumers of healthcare and who have no medical background or training. It is written by women physicians and health providers.
Features: Several of the chapters give resource lists that are opportunities for more information or avenues for health assistance. The chapter "Accidents and Emergencies" is a practical, easy-to-follow guide for prevention and first aid. The table of contents is less useful than the appendix in accessing information on a particular topic. Although the body systems approach makes sense to the authors, it is less logical for nonmedical readers. The text is well presented visually, with illustrations that are easy to understand and interpret.
Assessment: The book delivers more and less than it promises. The section on the "Healthy Body" covers a wide range of common conditions and disorders that are not woman-specific, making this text useful for other family members. However, this is not a resource for "all women." The sophisticated language and high readability index may be a barrier for some. In some instances the text falls short; for example, the discussion of hormone replacement therapy was scattered over several sections and ultimately proved disappointing. Nonetheless, this is a marvelous addition to the home reference book shelf. The breadth and scope are excellent and the depth of coverage is usually on target. I would recommend it to many of my patients, women and men.
3 Stars from Doody
Joyce E. Dains
This is a comprehensive reference for all aspects of women's health, designed as a resource for women who make healthcare decisions. It covers topics from health maintenance concerns to reproductive health and common health problems. Although the emphasis is on health maintenance through disease prevention and health promotion, it helps readers understand how disease affects the body and how and when to obtain medical care. This book is for women who are consumers of healthcare and who have no medical background or training. It is written by women physicians and health providers. Several of the chapters give resource lists that are opportunities for more information or avenues for health assistance. The chapter ""Accidents and Emergencies"" is a practical, easy-to-follow guide for prevention and first aid. The table of contents is less useful than the appendix in accessing information on a particular topic. Although the body systems approach makes sense to the authors, it is less logical for nonmedical readers. The text is well presented visually, with illustrations that are easy to understand and interpret. The book delivers more and less than it promises. The section on the ""Healthy Body"" covers a wide range of common conditions and disorders that are not woman-specific, making this text useful for other family members. However, this is not a resource for ""all women."" The sophisticated language and high readability index may be a barrier for some. In some instances the text falls short; for example, the discussion of hormone replacement therapy was scattered over several sections and ultimately proved disappointing. Nonetheless, this is a marvelous addition to the homereference book shelf. The breadth and scope are excellent and the depth of coverage is usually on target. I would recommend it to many of my patients, women and men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440507239
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/13/1996
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 10.83(h) x 1.72(d)

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