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The new A to Z of women's health : a concise encyclopedia
Ammer, Christine.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [2000]

Physical Description:
xi, 579 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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RA778 .A494 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This updated edition of the respected classic addresses the full spectrum of women's health issues and general health concerns. New entries include: -- Designer estrogens and perimenopause -- Chronotherapy (timing drug treatment) -- Cataracts -- Beauty parlor stroke syndrome (a stroke which occurs following a shampoo in a salon or a session in a dentist's chair). Also included are new treatments for AIDS/HIV, sickle cell disease, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, menopause, and cancer, including gene therapy, vaccines, and new chemotherapies and drugs.

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Booklist Review

This overview of major health issues affecting women updates information included in earlier editions. There are more than 1,000 articles ranging in length from two sentences to several pages. Coverage include male and female reproductive systems, the aging process, diet, exercise, medical tests and procedures, alternative therapies, and diseases and disorders that affect women. Articles have been revised to eliminate obsolete information and include new advances in treatment of Alzheimer's, AIDS, and osteoporosis and the latest research on hormone-replacement therapy. Entries are concisely written in an encyclopedic style. Topics and terms are described and explained and pertinent background information may be given. For example, Abortion covers not only the medical procedure but also the legal and moral controversy surrounding the issue, though the psychological aspects are not discussed. Cosmetic procedures are included but get only a general article, Cosmetic surgery, rather than entries for specific procedures such as blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty. Line drawings and information boxes containing charts and lists supplement some articles. Small caps are used within articles to identify terms that have their own entries, though this is not always consistent. The Menopause article mentions estrogen replacement therapy but not in small caps, although Estrogen replacement therapy is a main entry. See also references are listed at the end of articles. There is no bibliography, but there is a topical resource list. Organization addresses and phone numbers are provided but not Web addresses. There are many very good guides to women's health. The Women's Complete Health Book (Delacorte, 1995) and The Harvard Guide to Women's Health (1996) both focus on providing consumer-health information. Although The New A to Z of Women's Health is an adequate ready-reference source and has the advantage of more current treatment information, it needs to be supplemented with other titles to give complete coverage of medical topics.



In clear, straightforward language, this respected classic addresses the full spectrum of women's health issues and general health concerns such as diet, exercise, and disease treatment. Entries have been thoroughly updated to keep students, researchers, and general readers current on the latest medical discoveries and treatments, including: • Excerpted from The New A to Z of Women's Health: A Concise Encyclopedia by Christine Ammer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.