Encyclopedia of Women's Health

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 15, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 710 pages
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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.

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Sana Loue is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Minority Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds appointments in the Departments of Bioethics, Psychiatry, and Global Health. Loue is the author of more than a dozen books on gender, ethnicity, immigration, and health. Over a two-year period, the author and her research team followed the lives of fifty-three Puerto Rican women living with severe mental illness as they coped with daily challenges in the areas of family, romantic relationships, employment, social services, substance use, and health care. The team interviewed the women and shadowed them at their homes, churches, schools, physicians' offices, family events, and other occasions in order to understand how their mental illness, their gender, their language, and their culture affected their relationships with others, their understandings of their own situations, and their hopes for themselves and their families.

Martha Sajatovic, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan.