Edelstein got a big letter-writing response to her tart, controversial The Woman Doctor's Diet for Women--especially from women over 40 who were ""confused and angry about what was happening to their bodies."" Her ruminative explanation ranges from ""The Art of Aging"" (stages, hormonal changes, sex, fatigue) through ""Medical Problems"" and ""Psychobiological Problems"" to ""The Cosmetics of Aging"" (what happens, and how plastic surgery and exercise can help) and lots of specifics on ""Losing Weight, Looking Better."" Basically, Edelstein urges taking no nonsense from men--including most male physicians. Gynecologists are faulted for acting like surgical specialists, rather than involving themselves in general female health care (""once you pull them away from their bleeding uteri and warm vaginas, they become totally disoriented""). On drugs, though, Edelstein herself is suspect; many readers, professional and lay, will strongly disagree that ""estrogen is so useful to the post-reproductive female that it's almost worth getting your uterus out if you're going to worry about uterine cancer."" She's also quite brusque: if you're over 70, you ""tend to get suspicious or paranoid, because the mind plays funny tricks on you when you can't hear."" No match for Alice Lake's Our Own Years as an all-round guide--but sharp and funny as long as you beware of the biases.