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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sara J. Knight, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This edited book, part of a series on AIDS Prevention and Mental Health, covers research, public policy, and services concerning women and AIDS. Its chapters discuss a broad range of topics, including epidemiology, disease course, psychological adaptation, special populations such as adolescents and drug users, families, access to care, and prevention. Several chapters address controversial issues such as rational suicide and reproductive decisions in the context of HIV.
Purpose: The editors' aim is to bring together research findings, policy issues, and observations of medical and psychiatric services relevant to women with HIV or AIDS. The authors are highly credible experts in their areas. This is an important effort, because this area has received little attention in the past. The book largely meets these objectives.
Audience: The authors and editors attempt to reach a broad audience, including researchers, policymakers, and clinicians. The book will make important reading for all these groups. Nonetheless, I found the chapters geared more to the researcher and policymaker than to the practitioner.
Features: Several chapter authors used figures and tables sparingly. The book appeared underillustrated. Because the text aimed to integrate research, summary tables of the literature or critical concepts would have enhanced the text. The references were current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are clear and well organized.
Assessment: This book represents an excellent scholarly consideration of medical and psychological issues for women with HIV and AIDS. Its chapters provide thorough discussions of the literature. The book would make a valuable addition to a university, medical school, or agency library. Although it focuses on research more than clinical services, clinicians, researchers, and policymakers will find that this book is a highly informative reference.