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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rita Duboyce, MD (Office of the Air Force Surgeon General)
Description: This book is designed to aid primary care providers in meeting the healthcare needs of their female patients. It covers reproductive, cardiovascular, endocrine, and dental problems and issues as they relate to women's health.
Purpose: This is needed with the advances in medicine and technology as well as gender equality. Research involving women's health has contributed to the growing knowledge and recognition of the physiological differences between the sexes.
Audience: The audience is primary care physicians who have received minimal training in obstetric and gynecological issues but treat women and girls. It would also be useful for physicians who need a refresher or a good clinic reference or even for residents in a primary care rotation. The authors have extensively researched and referenced the material and have employed the services of experts in their respective areas of women's health to write the chapters.
Features: The authors discuss in detail women's reproductive issues from oral contraceptive use to the treatment of menopause and its associated symptoms. Heart disease and diabetes are also covered with an emphasis on prevention and pharmacological therapy. The authors also discuss such psychological issues as premenstrual dysphoric syndrome and eating disorders. Differential diagnoses are included as well as charts on the staging of cancer. A few photos demonstrate the effects of various health issues on dentition.
Assessment: With its clear and succinct, text, this is indeed a useful reference on women's health issues to have in the office. It is also a good refresher for those physicians who have been out of residency for a while.