Description: This is an exhaustive textbook on the unique behavioral and societal attributes of women that should inform research into women's health issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information about the care of women that may not necessarily be covered in other books, such as societal and economic impacts on women's health issues.
Audience: The book is intended for those who care for women and those who perform research on women's health issues.
Features: The first part of the book is broadly grouped into societal issues, while the latter half is devoted to specific diseases. Each of the opening chapters reads like a thesis on a particular subject. "The Impact of Health Coverage on Women's Access to Care" is a solid example of this. The material the book covers is thought provoking, although readers would need a specific question to be answered prior to leafing through this rigorous tome. Once into specific diseases, the authors choose to highlight differences in women as opposed to the specifics of the disease. This serves as a nice complement to other books that most readers would use. The illustrations are good, but the lack of color dulls their impact.
Assessment: This is a huge resource on topics that are not necessarily covered in other textbooks. Highlighting differences in women allows one to observe the impact of medicine from a different point of view. However, the book is massive and may be a turnoff to readers looking for easy-to-access material.