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Now in its 3rd edition, this is a wide-ranging, well-rounded, up-to-date reference to women's health issues. The two-part guide first covers common concerns in detail: an overview of the healthy woman (contributed by June Jackson Christmas of the American Public Health Assn.) is followed by lengthy sections on nutrition and weight, fitness, sexual health, childbearing, breast care, cosmetic questions, alcohol and drug use, occupational health, and ""rape and spouse abuse."" Coverage of mental and emotional issues features not only the basics on mental health/illness, but also discussions of roles, transitions and aging. Separate advice is given on choosing health-care providers and utilizing the health-care system to the best advantage. The second part of this guide is an extensive encyclopedia of health and medical terms with cross-references to Part I for more detailed information. All of this is presented in clear language free of jargon. Readers put off by the strong feminist tones of the excellent guides in the Our Bodies, Ourselves genre will be more comfortable here. A worthwhile reference.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1985
Publisher: Doubleday