Women and Health is a comprehensive, up-to-date review of health issues that affect women of all ages - adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. Chapters cover not only those conditions that are unique to or occur more frequently in women, but also those that present differently or are treated differently in women. In addition, it addresses the influence of gender on conditions common to both sexes. Woman...
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Women and Health is a comprehensive, up-to-date review of health issues that affect women of all ages - adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. Chapters cover not only those conditions that are unique to or occur more frequently in women, but also those that present differently or are treated differently in women. In addition, it addresses the influence of gender on conditions common to both sexes. Woman and Health is an invaluable resource for physicians, researchers, health care administrators, students, and others who desire the latest epidemiologic and clinical information on women's health issues.

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

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)
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)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123849793
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1632
  • File size: 30 MB
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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.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Women, Health, and Medicine
Sect. 1 Why Women's Health? 3
1 An Overview of Women and Health 5
2 Gender, Race, and Class: From Epidemiologic Association to Etiologic Hypotheses 15
Sect. 2 The Role of Women in Health Care and Research 25
3 Role of Advocacy Groups in Research on Women's Health 27
4 State-of-the-Art Methods for Women's Health Research 37
5 Gender Issues in Women's Health Care 50
6 Women's Health and Managed Care 55
7 Lesbian Health Research 64
Pt. II Sexual and Reproductive Health
Sect. 3 Reproductive Health 81
8 Puberty and Adolescent Pregnancy 85
9 Menstruation and Menstrual Disorders: The Epidemiology of Menstruation and Menstrual Dysfunction 99
10 Premenstrual Syndrome 114
11 Women's Fecundability and Factors Affecting It 126
12 Contraception 138
13 Induced Abortion 160
14 Maternal Morbidity 171
15 Labor and Delivery 182
16 Infertility 196
17 Assisted Reproductive Technologies 215
18 Endometriosis 226
19 Uterine Leiomyomata 240
20 Hysterectomy 253
Sect. 4 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 269
21 Chlamydia 273
22 Gonococcal Infection in Women 285
23 Syphilis in Women 302
24 Genital Herpes 311
25 Human Papilloma Virus Infection in Women 324
26 Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS in Women 336
27 Vaginal Infections 352
28 Urinary Tract Infection 361
29 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 369
30 The Interrelationship of Reproductive Health and Sexually Transmitted Diseases 381
Sect. 5 International Women's Health 391
31 Maternal Mortality and Morbidity 395
32 Female Circumcision/Female Genital Mutilation 404
33 Women and HIV/AIDS: A Global Perspective: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Challenges 420
34 Human Rights and Women's Health 428
Pt. III Occupational, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health
Sect. 6 Women at Work 441
35 Employment Patterns and Health among U.S. Working Women 447
36 Multiple Roles and Complex Exposures: Hard-to-Pin-Down Risks for Working Women 455
37 Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace 463
38 Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is There a Gender Differential, and if So, What Does It Mean? 474
39 Occupational Cancer 492
40 Indoor Air Quality 503
41 Women's Occupational Health: International Perspectives 514
Sect. 7 Social Determinants of Health 523
42 Violence against Women 529
43 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Women's Health 541
44 Women, Stress, and Health 553
45 Cigarette Smoking: Trends, Determinants, and Health Effects 563
46 Nutrition, Weight, and Body Image 578
47 Alcohol Use and Abuse 589
Sect. 8 Environmental Exposures 599
48 The Environment and Women's Health: An Overview 601
49 Evidence for the Role of Environment in Women's Health: Geographical and Temporal Trends in Health Indicators 607
50 Environmental Exposures and Women's Reproductive Health 625
51 Environmental Exposures and Cancer 634
Pt. IV Chronic Disease
Sect. 9 Autoimmune Disorders 651
52 Thyroid Diseases 655
53 Rheumatoid Arthritis 674
54 Multiple Sclerosis 686
55 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 704
56 Asthma 724
57 Sjogren's Syndrome 740
Sect. 10 Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Risk in Women 753
58 Overview of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease 757
59 Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women 771
60 Hormonal Milieu and Heart Disease 782
61 Emotions and Heart Disease 789
62 Cerebrovascular Disease in Women 797
63 Venous Thromboembolism 811
64 Diabetes in Women 819
65 Obesity 830
66 Coronary Heart Disease, Lipid Metabolism, and Steroid Hormones in Women 839
Sect. 11 Cancer 855
67 Cancers in Women 863
68 Breast Cancer Epidemiology, Treatment, and Prevention 871
69 Inherited Genetic Susceptibility and Breast Cancer 884
70 Breast Cancer Screening 895
71 Ovarian Cancer 907
72 Endometrial Cancer 916
73 Cervical Cancer 932
74 Cervical Cancer Screening 942
75 Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Women 949
76 Colon and Rectal Cancer in Women 962
77 Cancer Prevention for Women 977
Sect. 12 Mental Disorders 987
78 Mental Illness in Women 989
79 Gender and Mood Disorders 997
80 Anxiety Disorders in Women 1010
81 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 1024
82 Eating Disorders 1032
83 Addictive Disorders 1042
Sect. 13 Poorly Understood Conditions 1055
84 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 1059
85 Fibromyalgia 1068
86 Epidemiology of Headache in Women: Emphasis on Migraine 1084
87 Irritable Bowel Syndrome 1098
88 Interstitial Cystitis 1110
89 Temporamandibular Disorders 1120
90 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 1129
Pt. V Geriatric Health
Sect. 14 Aging 1143
91 Morbidity, Disability, and Mortality 1147
92 Menopause: Its Epidemiology 1155
93 The Risks and Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy - Weighing the Evidence 1169
94 Osteoporosis 1182
95 Osteoarthritis and Other Musculoskeletal Diseases 1192
96 Urinary Incontinence 1202
97 Sensory Impairment 1212
98 Alzheimer's Disease 1227
99 Successful Aging 1238
100 Epilogue 1251
Epidemiology Glossary 1253
Index 1257
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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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