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Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages - from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic, which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. It covers key issues ranging from osteoporosis to breast cancer and other cancers, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, occupational hazards, eating disorders, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and ...

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Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages - from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic, which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. It covers key issues ranging from osteoporosis to breast cancer and other cancers, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, occupational hazards, eating disorders, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and societal and behavioral influences on health.

In this second edition of Women and Health, chapters thoughtfully explore the current state of women’s health and health care, including the influences of sex and gender on the occurrence of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. All chapters have been extensively updated and emphasize the epidemiology of the condition - the etiology, occurrence, primary and secondary prevention (screening), risk factors, surveillance, changing trends over time, and critical analysis of the diagnostic and treatment options and controversies. Treatment sections in each chapter have been expanded to create a stronger dialogue between epidemiologists and women's health practitioners.

  • Saves researchers and clinicians time in quickly accessing the very latest details on a broad range of women’s health issues, as opposed to searching through thousands of journal articles
  • Provides a common language for epidemiologists, public health practitioners, and women’s health specialists to discuss the behavioral, cultural, and biological determinants of women’s health
  • Researchers and medical specialists will learn how the gender-specific risks and features of one organ system’s diseases affect the health of other organ systems
    • For example: Hormone replacement therapy used to treat imbalance within the endocrine system is also being used to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease; Drugs developed for type 2 diabetes are now being used in chemoprevention
  • Orients the non-gerontologist about the importance of considering the entire life cycle of women within research designs and treatment plans
  • Professors teaching courses in women’s health will use slides and additional materials to structure lectures/courses; students will use slides as a unique resource to study for exams

Audience: Academic and government epidemiologists, public health workers and students, endocrinologists, obstetricians/gynocologists, internists, and other physicians specializing in women's health.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
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.
From the Publisher
"This reference for the medical and scientific community is also accessible to health care consumers, with a readable style, a clear layout, and a visual orientation, offering b&w images, photos, data charts, and summary tables on almost every page. The reference provides overview articles highlighting the latest research on biological as well as behavioral and societal determinants of the health of women throughout the life span."—Reference and Research Book News, August 2013 "This revised work updates the authoritative, exhaustively referenced, thoroughly documented…handbook published over ten years ago…this is an advanced textbook suitable for graduate medical and nursing students and health care professionals…Summing Up: Highly recommended."—CHOICE, August 2013 "Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages - from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic that concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective."—Doody.com, April 24, 2013

Reviews of the First Edition: "This book is an unparalleled and valuable compendium of data for anyone interested in women's health. The editors have done a superb job... the book is one of the most useful I have yet seen in the emerging field of women's health."— THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (2000) "The chapters are uniformly well researched and written, with extensive bibliographies and relevant Web sites. ...The book could serve well as the key text for a graduate or medical school course on women's health. It is also an excellent guide for planning and developing women's health curricula for medical students and residents in internal medicine, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology."—ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (2001) "This first of its kind, easy-to-read, comprehensive text is an excellent contribution to the field of women's health and the epidemiologic literature."—DOODY'S PUBLISHING (2000) "Editors Goldman and Hatch offer an extremely well referenced, clearly organized, comprehensive, and manageable large handbook with research reviews that will also stimulate new ideas...A must purchase for all academic libraries."— CHOICE (2000)

Marguerite A. Hawkins
This is a long-overdue, comprehensive reference textbook in which most aspects of women's health are addressed. Conditions affecting women from puberty through the geriatric years are covered. The purpose is to summarize the latest research results on a comprehensive set of diseases and conditions, highlighting the effect of gender differences. The editors have a worthy purpose and meet their goal. According to the editors, this book is written for a wide audience from consumers of healthcare to physicians in practice. In my opinion, it is too technical in many areas to be appropriate for lay audiences. However, every practitioner who treats women and any scientist who deals with conditions affecting women will find this book valuable. Most of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in U.S. women are covered, and international women's health issues are addressed as well. In addition, whole sections of the book are devoted to the important roles of occupational, environmental, and social determinants in women's health. The editors manage to put epidemiologic data into a useful context for clinicians. An epidemiologic glossary is included at the back; this is a quick reference to basic epidemiologic concepts. Another valuable feature found after the summary of current research on a condition, is a synopsis of research challenges and suggestions for future research directions. A more in-depth treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is warranted, since it is the fourth leading cause of death in women. Addressing gender differences in mortality due to accidents and adverse effects would also be useful. The "flashy" physical appearance of the book detracts from theimportance of the subject matter. This first of its kind, easy-to-read, comprehensive text is an excellent contribution to the field of women's health and the epidemiologic literature.
New England Journal of Medicine
This book is an unparalleled and valuable compendium of data for anyone interested in women's health. The editors have done a superb job: despite their choice of enlisting almost 200 experts as contributing authors, the chapters have a consistently uniform, clear style, which makes the whole book efficient to use and easy to read. There is very little irrelevant or disproportionately detailed discussion. The data in each section are carefully referenced, and the bibliographies, individually and collectively, are an invaluable resource for interested readers. Evidence of meticulous editing is found in the unifying themes that run through most of the chapters. Many of the authors refer to the paucity of data about lesbians' health, mention the effect of pregnancy on the incidence and severity of disease, and present well-documented insights into the effects of social, economic, and cultural factors on health. Epidemiologic information, data about the economic cost of illness, and where available, quantitative and qualitative data about the symptoms and course of specific diseases are included in each section. All of these are important for making intelligent decisions about treatment and follow-up in clinical practice.
This text provides a synthesis of the latest research results on a comprehensive range of diseases and conditions that affect women from adolescence through maturity. Chapters cover those conditions that are unique to or occur more frequently in women, those that present differently or are treated differently in women, and the influences of gender. Goldman (epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health) and Hatch (community and preventive medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine) present 100 contributions that discuss women, health, and medicine; sexual and reproductive health; sexually transmitted diseases; international women's health; women at work; social determinants of health; autoimmune disorders; cardiovascular disease and risk in women; cancer; mental disorders; poorly understood conditions; and geriatric health. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123849786
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1636
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Goldman is a reproductive epidemiologist and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She specializes in research and teaching related to women's health. Her research program includes several large randomized clinical trials evaluating optimal infertility treatment for younger and older women seeking to conceive and a prospective cohort study investigating the role of preconception nutrition and oxidative stress on implantation and early pregnancy loss. She is co-editor of Women and Health, a comprehensive reference textbook for researchers, teaching faculty, and clinicians on the role of gender in understanding disease occurrence, diagnosis, treatment, and priority-setting in health care.

Dr. Troisi is a cancer epidemiologist in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, at the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer Institute and an associate member of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth College.. Her research has focused on the hormonal etiologies of reproductive cancers and the role of maternal, gestational, neonatal and early life factors in breast cancer risk, including endocrine disruptors such as diethylstilbestrol, a drug previously given to pregnant women. She is a Principal Investigator on multiple national and international collaborations and has led a project in Mongolia to attempt to learn more about international differences in cancer incidence rates.

Dr. Rexrode is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician, Division of Preventive Medicine and Faculty Director, Office for Women's Careers, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. Dr. Rexrode's research examines risk factors for heart disease and stroke. She has a particular interest in the role of obesity and hormonal factors, as well as understanding sex differences. She has studied the effects of endogenous sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, and related genetic variants, and risk of cardiovascular disease. She is Principal Investigator of a grant examining risk factors for ischemic stroke in women and Principal Investigator of a grant examining long term cardiovascular outcomes among early stage breast cancer survivors. She is also active in several large studies of women's health, including the Nurses' Health Study, the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, and the Women's Health Initiative.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Overview of Women’s Health Chapter 2: The Influence of Age, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity on Health Chapter 3: Gender Issues in Women’s Health Care


Chapter 4: The Impact of Access to Health Insurance

Chapter 5: Shared Decision Making and the Use of Technology in Diagnosis and Treatment

Chapter 6: Role of Alternative and Complementary Medicine


Chapter 7: Understanding Research Designs

Chapter 8: Methodologic Issues in Studies of Women’s Health

Chapter 9: Gene-Environment Interaction Studies


Chapter 10: Fetal Basis of Adult Diseases

Chapter 11: Puberty and Adolescent Pregnancy

Chapter 12: Menstruation and Menstrual Disorders

Chapter 13: Women’s Fecundability

Chapter 14: Contraceptive Choices (include emergency contraception)

Chapter 15: Induced Abortion

Chapter 16: Infertility

Chapter 17: Endometriosis

Chapter 18: Uterine Leiomyomata

Chapter 19: Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Chapter 20: Pregnancy

Chapter 21: Labor and Delivery

Chapter 22: Maternal Morbidity

Chapter 23: Sexual Health

Chapter 24: Vulvadinia and Vulvar Conditions

Chapter 25: Menopause

Chapter 26: Hormone Replacement Therapy

Chapter 27: Pelvic Floor Disorders

Chapter 28: Hysterectomy


Chapter 29: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

Chapter 30: Syphilis

Chapter 31: Bacterial Vaginoses, Trichomoniasis, and Candida

Chapter 32: Genital Herpes

Chapter 33: Human Immunodeficiency Virus & AIDS

Chapter 34: Genital Human Papilloma Virus

Chapter 35: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Chapter 36: Urinary Tract Infection

Chapter 37: The Interrelationship of Reproductive Health and Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Chapter 38: Women in the Workforce (Jane Walstedt)

Chapter 39: Multiple Roles and Complex Exposures: Hard-to-Pin-Down Risks for Working Women

Chapter 40: Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace

Chapter 41: Ergonomic Hazards

Chapter 42: Occupation and Cancer

Chapter 43: Indoor Air Pollution

Chapter 44: International Perspectives

Chapter 45: Evidence for the Role of the Environment in Women’s Health

Chapter 46: Environmental Exposures and Women’s Reproductive Health

Chapter 47: Environmental Exposures and Cancer


Chapter 48: Violence Against Women

Chapter 49: Social Class and Social Inequalities

Chapter 50: Stress

Chapter 51: Cigarette Smoking: Trends, Determinants and Health Effects

Chapter 52: Nutrition, Weight, and Body Image

Chapter 53: Substance Use and Abuse

Chapter 54: Alcohol Use and Abuse


Chapter 55: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Chapter 56: Multiple Sclerosis

Chapter 57: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Chapter 58: Asthma

Chapter 59: Sjogren’s Syndrome

Section9: Endocrinology and Metabolism

Chapter 60: Metabolic Syndrome

Chapter 61: Thyroid Diseases

Chapter 62: Diabetes

Chapter 63: Obesity



Chapter 64: Overview of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Chapter 65: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women

Chapter 66: Hormonal Milieu and Heart Disease

Chapter 67: Emotions and Heart Disease

Chapter 68: Cerebrovascular Disease

Chapter 69: Thromboembolism

Chapter 70: Lipid Disorders


Chapter 71: Cancers in Women

Chapter 72: Breast Cancer

Chapter 73: Genetics of Breast Cancer

Chapter 74: Breast Cancer Screening

Chapter 75: Ovarian Cancer

Chapter 76: Endometrial Cancer

Chapter 77: Cervical Cancer

Chapter 78: Cervical Cancer Screening

Chapter 79: Lung Cancer

Chapter 80: Colon and Rectal Cancers

Chapter 81: Malignant Melanoma and other Skin Cancers

Chapter 82: Cancer Prevention Programs


Section Editor: Evelyn J. Bromet

Chapter 83: Mental Illness in Women

Chapter 84: Mood Disorders

Chapter 85: Anxiety

Chapter 86: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 87: Eating Disorders

Chapter 88: Addictive Disorders


Section Editor: Karen B. Schmaling

Chapter 89: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chapter 90: Fibromyalgia

Chapter 91: Chronic Headaches

Chapter 92: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Chapter 93: Interstitial Cystitis

Chapter 94: Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome

Chapter 95: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Chapter 96: Food Allergies


Chapter 97: Morbidity, Disability, and Mortality

Chapter 98: Osteoporosis

Chapter 99: Osteoarthritis and Other Musculoskeletal Diseases

Chapter 100: Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

Chapter 101: Sensory Impairment

Chapter 102: Eye Diseases and Coping with Vision Loss

Chapter 103: Dental Diseases

Chapter 104: Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Other Dementias

Chapter 105: Institutional Care and Caregiving

Chapter 106: Care at the End of Life

Chapter 107: Successful Aging


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    From the Editor

    Why we wrote Women and Health .... We first began thinking about producing a major reference work on women's health over seven years ago when we realized that there was no comprehensive reference text for clinicians, researchers, and teaching faculty that explicitly recognized that diseases and disorders may not affect women in the same way as men, and that knowledge gained from studying men is not necessarily applicable to understanding disease occurrence, diagnosis, and treatment in women - what we call a 'gendered perspective.' As you can see from the table of contents, we defined women's health broadly and did not limit the scope of the book to those conditions uniquely or predominantly affecting women, but chose to recognize that an understanding of the roles of sex and gender is integral to all aspects of excellent health care and medical research. In particular, we hope that the extensive material in the book will assist women as consumers of health care services. Our intent is that the information presented here will improve the quality of thinking about women's health and thus the quality of women's lives.

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