Women's health is a multifaceted subject, and the up-to-date reference book requires considerable social awareness in addition to wide-ranging clinical knowledge. The Encyclopedia of Women's Health meets this challenge by bringing together an impressive array of experts on topics from reproductive issues to gastrointestinal illnesses. This skilfully edited volume, informed by current health issues and health-care realities, offers readers practical information, historical aspects, and future directions, all meticulously researched and conveniently presented.
Key features include:
-Accessible A-to-Z coverage, including AIDS, birth control, hormone replacement therapy, teen pregnancy, sexual harassment, violence, body image, access to health care and more.
-Entries spanning the medical, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and legal arenas.
-Medical topics explored from both conventional and complementary perspectives.
-Cross-cultural data illustrate issues as they apply to minority women, rural women, the elderly, and other underserved populations.
-Special chapters on disparities in women's health and health care.
-Historical overview of women in health - as patients and as professionals.
-Suggested readings and resource lists. The Encyclopedia speaks eloquently to the health concerns that face women today, and the needs of everyone involved in preserving female health and well-being: physicians, nurses, therapists, caseworkers, educators, mentors. In addition, government agencies, departments of public health, academic libraries and women's health organizations and women's studies programs will benefit from this timely volume.
"By approaching women's health from a biopsychosocial perspective, Loue and Sajatovic have designed an encyclopedia suitable for both health professionals and general readers. The first section introduces women's health with a detailed examination of its history, women in health professions, the impact of work on women's health, and women's role in providing health care. The second section, alphabetically organized, addresses medicine, legal issues, history, beauty, and complementary and alternative approaches to health....This encyclopedia meets the need for a comprehensive, up-to-date reference work that incorporates social awareness with clinical knowledge." Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections.
(J. M. Coggan, Choice, January 2005)
From the reviews:
"This is an authoritative, valuable and comprehensive encyclopedia, which outlines the wide range of health concerns that women face today. ... The authors have done an admirable job ... . offers readers practical information, historical aspects and future directions, all meticulously researched and conveniently presented. ... This timely encyclopedia minimizes medical jargon and uses language that the general public can understand, while still providing detailed coverage ... . I would highly recommend it for reference use in any clinical library." (Lindsey Baker, Reference Reviews, Vol. 19(4), 2005)