The Harvard Guide to Women’s Health (pb book/CD set) (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

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9780674367715: The Harvard Guide to Women’s Health (pb book/CD set) (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

With the publication of "The Harvard Guide to Women's Health", women world's medical institutions: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. The book features: over 300 A-to-Z entries that answer - in plain English - the questions women most frequently ask their doctors; the practical experience of physicians who have cared for thousands of women patients at leading medical centres; authoritative medical knowledge from pioneers in the emerging field of women's primary care, and the critical guidance women need to navigate today's changing health care system; hard-to-find information about how common diseases and their treatments are different for women than for men, including heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and depression. There is coverage of the frequently overlooked emotional and social issues that are inseparable from women's physical health, such as domestic abuse, anorexia and bulimia, occupational hazards and rape; balanced perspectives on controversies sometimes distorted in the popular media, on such topics as oestrogen replacement therapy, breast reconstruction, alcohol use, ideal body weight, and post-traumatic stress disorder; the special implications of conditions and therapies for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and advice on the special health concerns of postmenopausal and elderly women; tips on how to record and describe symptoms, and how to ask the right questions about different treatment options; and over 250 illustrations and over 400 resources for further information, including the latest hotlines, newsletters and online services.

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Arranged alphabetically like an encyclopedia of health, it starts with Abdominal Pain and Abortion and works its way through Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Heartburn, and Safe Sex to Vulvitis and Zinc. While it zeroes in on health issues more generic health books often leave out, it's clearly more comprehensive than that. It's a guide family and friends, regardless of gender, will turn to for comprehensive, clear explanations in a field where too little said can be as harmful as misinformation. For women especially, for whom certain topics often get short shrift from squeamish publications, this guide's a godsend of information.

About the Author:

Dr. Karen J. Carlson is a pioneer in the field of primary care for women. More than fifteen years ago she founded Women's Health Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital and is currently Director of this innovative center, which has been widely emulated in other medical centers throughout the country. Dr. Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Harvard Medical School. Her research and academic publications focus on hysterectomy, ovarian cancer screening, and communication between doctors and patients. She lectures frequently to thousands of physicians in continuing education courses at Harvard and other major medical schools.

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