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The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health [Paperback]

Karen J. Carlson M.D. , Stephanie A. Eisenstat M.D. , Terra Ziporyn Ph.D.
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May 6 2004 Harvard University Press Reference Library (Book 19)

With the publication in 1996 of The Harvard Guide to Women's Health, women seeking answers to questions about their health had access to the combined expertise of physicians from three of the world's most prestigious medical institutions: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. With complete information on women's health concerns, physical and behavioral, this A to Z reference quickly became a definitive resource, praised especially for its coverage of topics not previously considered under the umbrella of women's health. The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health reunites the authors to bring a valued health reference up to date for a new generation--and for those women who have come to rely on the Harvard Guide and are now wondering what to do about their health as they enter a new stage of life, asking questions like the following: I've been on hormone replacement therapy. Should I stop? How?

Could this rash be lupus?

I've been on the Pill. What is my risk for stroke?

Fat is bad, fat is good: What should I believe? And what's left to eat?

When does ordinary worry become chronic anxiety?

What screening tests do I need now?

In addition to revised recommendations reflecting the current medical thinking on menopause and hormone replacement therapy, the New Harvard Guide includes updated recommendations about cardiac health and heart disease--the #1 killer of women in the United States

entries reflecting recent advances in the understanding and treatment of autoimmune diseases

better coverage of health concerns throughout a woman's life span, from her first period to menopause and beyond, with a new entry on perimenopause

expanded nutritional recommendations, including a unique chart of the U.S. government's Daily Reference Intakes for micronutrients, broken down for teens and women whose needs may differ because they are pregnant, breastfeeding, or postmenopausal

updated information on over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, procedures, screenings, and diagnostic tests


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Librarians will breathe a sigh of relief at the release of this new edition. There is so much good information in the 1996 version, but eight years is a long time in the area of medical guides, and many of us have likely withdrawn the previous edition.

As before, the guide's major focus is on diseases and disorders of the female reproductive system and how diseases common to both sexes may manifest themselves differently in women. The most important change is the updated information on estrogen replacement therapy. In 1996 ERT was viewed as an ideal treatment for women. The 2002 findings of the Women's Health Initiative changed that thinking completely. The research results and the current position of medical professionals are reflected in this edition. Medical advances in the treatment of other diseases and disorders are also covered. The growing acceptance of alternative medicine is reflected in revised articles on the topic. Among the new entries are Airbags, Dissociative identity disorder,^B Lyme disease, and Lymphedema.

This edition is 30 pages shorter than the previous one but contains more entries and a center "blue pages" section with bodily systems diagrams, nutrition charts, and more. The page reduction has been accomplished by the use of smaller type. Information on diseases and disorders is presented as questions and answers addressing definitions, symptoms, treatments, and prevention. A topical resource list gives organizations to be contacted for additional information. Many labeled medical drawings appear throughout the book.

The guide is an outstanding source for public and professional libraries. It is aimed at an educated readership. Given the recent publicity on the literacy problem in consumer health information materials (most of which are written at a tenth-grade reading level and above), libraries should be sure to provide other sources on the topic. Marlene Kuhl
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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More detailed and in-depth than most books in the field, with more than 300 A-Z entries on diseases, domestic violence and eating disorders. (Women's Health Supplement, New York Times)

For anyone who has a burning health query, The Harvard Guide to Women's Health is, quite simply, the book buy of the decade. It looks like a heavyweight, medical-school textbook, but it's actually an easy-to-follow, Q & A health manual that covers everything from alcohol abuse and breast care to cosmetic surgery and depression. It's the next best thing to having your own at-home GP. (Cosmopolitan)

Almost anything you need to know about women's health--from breast-feeding to wrinkles--can be found in The Harvard Guide to Women's Health. This encyclopedic guide covers women's health concerns at every stage of life and is a superb resource for those who want to be active in their own health care. (Living Fit)

A remarkably navigable virtual encyclopedia...The guide is more than a laundry list of diseases. It covers a host of psychosocial issues, from rape and domestic violence to sexual harassment and sexual preference...A good gauge of any medical book purporting to be the definitive one for women is how well it covers gender issues in heart disease, a field that has historically neglected women. Here the guide gets high marks. (Leslie Laurence Houston Chronicle)

This exhaustive resource offers information on everything from adolescent acne to menopause in the belief that better-informed women can have better partnerships with their physicians. (Chicago Tribune)

From A to Z, [The Harvard Guide to Women's Heath] skillfully traverses topics from abdominal pain, through cytolytic vaginitis, interstitial cystitis, onward to occupational hazards, and, ultimately, zinc...In both the book and on the CD-ROM, finding information is easy...One patient commented, 'In my house this book would be brought out a lot--for myself, when talking to my sisters, mother or close friends. It's practically a coffee-table book.' (Charlea, T. Maisson, MD JAMA)

An invaluable guide for every stage of a woman's life. (Aline McKenzie Dallas Morning News 2004-04-23)

The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health is your everything-from-A-to-Z resource when you need to address a health concern. (Complete Woman 2004-08-01)

'Comprehensive' is definitely the first word that comes to mind to describe The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health. This hefty volume, an updated version of the first guide, published in 1996, covers almost every imaginable women's health concern, from face-lifts to fibromyalgia. Incorporating new findings from the Women's Health Initiative, the authors (two Harvard doctors and a medical writer) delve into such hot topics as estrogen replacement therapy and perimenopause. The text is detailed, but presented in a way that's understandable for the lay reader. Helpful charts and illustrations explain anatomical references. Appropriate for readers of any age, The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health can help ensure that women are informed partners in their own medical care. (BookPage 2004-08-01)

The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health combines the expertise of physicians from three of the world's most prestigious medical institutions: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. This A to Z reference book contains complete information on women's health concerns from physical to behavioral issues. Featuring over 300 entries, with helpful charts, illustrations, cross references to other sections, and a comprehensive Index at the back of the book, the subjects cover everything from common ailments and diseases to new and broader categories, such as body image, cosmetic surgery, domestic abuse and patients' rights. (New Living 2004-07-01)

An indispensable guide to nearly every female health concern. (Hillary Wright Environmental Nutrition 2004-11-01)

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Buy this book. The focus is on "health," not illness, and the issues addressed are broader than those which bring you to the doctor's office. From Airbags to Zinc, the topics are laid out alphabetically, making answers to specific questions easy to find. I find myself looking up one thing and being drawn to other sections of the book. I've never opened the book without learning something new. For women of a certain age who wonder "Am I the only one who feels like this?" and "Should I be worrying about this?" this is a great book to have on your reference shelf.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you own only one book about women's health..... June 5 2004
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Buy this book. The focus is on "health," not illness, and the issues addressed are broader than those which bring you to the doctor's office. From Airbags to Zinc, the topics are laid out alphabetically, making answers to specific questions easy to find. I find myself looking up one thing and being drawn to other sections of the book. I've never opened the book without learning something new. For women of a certain age who wonder "Am I the only one who feels like this?" and "Should I be worrying about this?" this is a great book to have on your reference shelf.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A doctor on your bookshelf! Dec 17 2004
By TracyQuilts - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent the last few months wrestling with a "women's health issue" of my own and this book was invaluable! I was able to research the possible things that might be causing my problem so that I had intelligent questions to discuss with my physician. I was then able to refer back to the book with the information he gave me. The diagrams are useful, the language concise, and each entry refers you to related entries in the book. Need a reference when you're healthy and want more info? This book is great. Need a reference when something is going wrong? This book is EVEN BETTER--find out what tests/procedures your doctor might use, the rationale for particular choices, what to expect during the test/exam, and gain insights for what the results mean. The New Harvard Guide can make a very scary situation much more manageable(knowledge is power!).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lasting medical reference easy for lay readers to access Dec 10 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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With the 1996 publication of this title, women seeking answers to common health questions enjoyed the combined expertise of physicians from three world-class institutions: The New Harvard Guide To Women's Health revises this classic, including new recommendations reflecting the latest medical thinking on menopause and hormone replacement therapy and adding updated recommendations on cardiac health, nutritional requirements, and the latest medications and diagnostic procedures. A lasting medical reference easy for lay readers to access, yet with all the power of the established medical community behind it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This reference is oversimplistic. Check it out in a store before buying it online June 21 2007
By Kizmet - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written much differently than the Harvard Med Guide to Men's Health (which is an excellent book and a good read.) I am a health professional and I was disappointed to find that this book is indexed for use as an alphabetical reference and it is written in (too) simplistic language. Moreover, the explanation of where the research and conclusions come from (large research studies like the Nurse's Health Study, etc.) is absent. As a desk reference, this is a weak resource and as a comprehensive summary of Harvard Med conclusions, it also lacks cohesive, integrated organization.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful book Jan. 29 2006
By D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased their first edition several years ago and was pleased to see they were updating.

Finding illnesses or symptoms are easily attined and graphics are superb.Would recommend to all my lady friends.
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