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Women and Health

Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages - from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic, which concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective. It covers key issues ranging from osteoporosis to breast cancer and other cancers, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, occupational hazards, eating disorders, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and societal and behavioral influences on health.

In this second edition of Women and Health, chapters thoughtfully explore the current state of women’s health and health care, including the influences of sex and gender on the occurrence of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. All chapters have been extensively updated and emphasize the epidemiology of the condition - the etiology, occurrence, primary and secondary prevention (screening), risk factors, surveillance, changing trends over time, and critical analysis of the diagnostic and treatment options and controversies. Treatment sections in each chapter have been expanded to create a stronger dialogue between epidemiologists and women's health practitioners.

Professionals and graduate students in epidemiology and public health; fellows, internists, physicians in public health, general practice, family medicine, gerontology, and those specializing in women's health.

Hardbound, 1632 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-384978-6


  • "This reference for the medical and scientific community is also accessible to health care consumers, with a readable style, a clear layout, and a visual orientation, offering b&w images, photos, data charts, and summary tables on almost every page. The reference provides overview articles highlighting the latest research on biological as well as behavioral and societal determinants of the health of women throughout the life span."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
    "This revised work updates the authoritative, exhaustively referenced, thoroughly documented…handbook published over ten years ago…this is an advanced textbook suitable for graduate medical and nursing students and health care professionals…Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE, August 2013
    Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages - from adolescence through maturity. It goes far beyond other books on this topic that concentrate only on reproductive health, and has a truly international perspective."--Doody.com, April 24, 2013

    Reviews of the First Edition:

    "This book is an unparalleled and valuable compendium of data for anyone interested in women's health. The editors have done a superb job... the book is one of the most useful I have yet seen in the emerging field of women's health."-- THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (2000)
    "The chapters are uniformly well researched and written, with extensive bibliographies and relevant Web sites. ...The book could serve well as the key text for a graduate or medical school course on women's health. It is also an excellent guide for planning and developing women's health curricula for medical students and residents in internal medicine, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology."--ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (2001)
    "This first of its kind, easy-to-read, comprehensive text is an excellent contribution to the field of women's health and the epidemiologic literature."--DOODY'S PUBLISHING (2000)
    "Editors Goldman and Hatch offer an extremely well referenced, clearly organized, comprehensive, and manageable large handbook with research reviews that will also stimulate new ideas...A must purchase for all academic libraries."-- CHOICE (2000)


  • Preface to the Second Edition

    Marlene B. Goldman, Kathryn M. Rexrode and Rebecca Troisi

    Preface to the first edition

    Marlene B. Goldman


    Gloria E. Sarto

    Part I - Women, Health, and Medicine

    Section 1 - Introduction to Women's Health

    1. Overview of Women's Health
    2. Marlene B. Goldman, Rebecca Troisi and Kathryn M. Rexrode

    3. The Mutability of Women's Health with Age: the Sometimes Rapid, and Often Enduring, Health Consequences of Injustice
    4. Arline Geronimus and Rachel C. Snow

    5. Current Approaches to Women's Health Care
    6. Carolyn Clancy and Beth A. Collins Sharp

    7. The Impact of Health Coverage on Women's Access to Care
    8. Alina Salganicoff and Usha Ranji

    9. Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine and Women's Health
    10. Emmeline Edwards, Lee Alekel and Barbara J. Stussman

    11. Research on the Health of Sexual Minority Women
    12. Judith Bradford and Aimee Van Wegenen

      Section 2 - Research Methods in Women's Health


      Rebecca Troisi, Kathryn M. Rexrode and Marlene B. Goldman

    13. Understanding Research Designs
    14. Vera Ehrenstein and Timothy L. Lash

    15. Progress in Women's Health Research
    16. Julie Palmer

    17. Lifecourse Approach to Research in Women’s Health
    18. Rebecca Hardy, Nancy Potischman and Diana Kuh

    19. Principles of Genetics and Genomics
    20. Sharon A. Savage

      Part II - Sexual and Reproductive Health

      Section 3- Sexual and Reproductive Health


      Marlene B. Goldman and Lisa Chasan-Taber

    21. Puberty and Adolescent Pregnancy
    22. Theresa O. Scholl and Xinhua Chen

    23. The Epidemiology of Menstruation and Menstrual Dysfunction
    24. Siobán D. Harlow

    25. Premenstrual Syndrome and PMDD
    26. Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson and Patricia O. Chocano-Bedoya

    27. Women’s Fecundability
    28. Donna Day Baird

    29. Contraceptive Choices
    30. Donna Shoupe

    31. Induced Abortion
    32. Audrey F. Saftlas and Hani Atrash

    33. Infertility
    34. Marlene B. Goldman, Stacey A. Missmer, Robert Barbieri and Mary Abusief

    35. Endometriosis
    36. Victoria Holt, Britton Trabert and Kristen Upson

    37. Uterine Leiomyomata
    38. Lauren A. Wise and Shannon Laughlin

    39. Assisted Reproductive Technologies
    40. David A. Grainger, Bruce L. Tjaden Sr. and Laura L. Tatpati

    41. High Risk Pregnancy and Subsequent Maternal Health
    42. Chloe Zera and Thoma McElrath

    43. Labor and Delivery
    44. Willaim Fraser, Romy L. McMaster and Shuqin Wei

    45. Female Sexuality and Sexual Function
    46. Shari B. Goldfarb and Stacy Lindau

    47. Vulvodynia
    48. Bernard L. Harlow

    49. Menopause
    50. Siobán D. Harlow

    51. Pelvic Floor Disorders
    52. James Whiteside and Tyler Muffly

    53. Hysterectomy
    54. Ronald T. Burkman, James K.C. Wang and Cara A. Robinson

      Section 4 - Sexually Transmitted Infections


      Anne M. Rompalo

    55. Gonorrhea
    56. Anne M. Rompalo

    57. Chlamydia
    58. Anne M. Rompalo

    59. Syphilis
    60. Jeanne Marrazzo

    61. Bacterial Vaginoses, Trichomoniasis, and Candida
    62. Jane R. Schwebke and Christina A. Muzny

    63. Genital Herpes
    64. Anna Wald, Tara Perti and Joelle M. Brown

    65. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDs
    66. Mary Kamb

    67. Genital Human Papilloma Virus
    68. Loris Y. Hwang and Anna-Barbara Moscicki

    69. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Chronic Pelvic Pain
    70. Catherine Haggerty and Ann Wiringa

    71. Urinary Tract Infection
    72. Betsy Foxman

      Part III - Ocupational, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health

      Section 5 - Occupational and Environmental Determinants of Health


      Jeanne M. Stellman

    73. Working Women in the United States: A Statistical Profile
    74. Lauren Anderson and Jeanne M. Stellman

    75. International Perspectives: Women's Occupational Health
    76. Lauren Anderson, Jeanne M. Stellman and Andrea Lucas

    77. Multiple Roles and Complex Exposures
    78. Karen Messing

    79. Reproductive & Environmental Hazards in the Workplace
    80. Marja-Liisa Lindbohm, Markku Sallmén and Helena K. Taskinen

    81. Work-Related Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
    82. Laura Punnett, Robin Mary Gillespie and Robin Herbert

    83. Occupational Cancer
    84. Melissa C. Friesen, Shelia Hoar Zahm, Mary H. Ward and Debra T. Silverman

    85. Environmental Exposures and Cancer
    86. David Christiani and Jessica K. Paulus

      Section 6 - Social Determinants of Health


      Michael M. Oakes

    87. Social Determinants Over the Life Course
    88. Maria Glymour and

      Lisa M. Bates

    89. Women, Stress, and Health
    90. Debra Umberson

    91. Cigarette Smoking: Trends, Determinants, and Health Effects
    92. Ann Malarcher

    93. Alcohol and Women's Health
    94. Toben F. Nelson

    95. Intimate Partner Violence
    96. Cari Clark

    97. Housing Policy and Women's Health
    98. Theresa Osypuk

    99. The Built Environment and Women's Health
    100. Peter James, Phillip J. Troped and Francine Laden

      Part IV - Chronic Disease

      Section 7- Autoimmune Disorders


      Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman

    101. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    102. Augustin Escalante

    103. Multiple Sclerosis
    104. Samia J. Khoury and Maria Houtchens

    105. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    106. Amy B. Devlin, Karen Costenbader and Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman

    107. Sjogren's Syndrome
    108. Ann L. Parke and Nicole Alex

    109. Asthma
    110. Neil Pearce

      Section 8 - Endocrinology and Metabolism


      JoAnn Manson

    111. The Obesity Epidemic and Women's Health
    112. Rachel Mackey, Kathleen McTigue and Lewis H. Kuller

    113. Diabetes in Women
    114. Simin Liu and Cathy C. Lee

    115. Thyroid Diseases
    116. Stephanie lee, Ji Youn Lee

    117. Management of Menopausal Symptoms in the post-WHI Era
    118. Cynthia A. Stuenkel

    119. Vitamin D and Disease Prevention in Women
    120. JoAnn Manson and Shari S. Bassuk

    121. Osteoporosis
    122. Jane Cauley

      Section 9 - Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Risk in Women


      Kathryn M. Rexrode

    123. Overview of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
    124. Andrea Z. LaCroix, Eileen Rillamas-Sun and Jeannette Beasley

    125. Lipid in Women
    126. Jennifer G. Robinson

    127. Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women
    128. Jannet Lewis and C. Noel Bairey Merz

    129. Emotions and Cardiovascular Disease
    130. Gerdi Weidner and Heike Spaderna

    131. Cerebrovascular Disease
    132. Cheryl Bushnell

    133. Thromboembolism
    134. Robert Glynn

    135. Arrythmias in Women: Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Death
    136. Stephanie Chiuve, Christine Albert and David Conen

    137. Heart Failure in Women: Epidemiology, Prognosis, and Management
    138. Rashmee Shah and Donald Lloyd Jones

    139. Hypertension in Women
    140. Jane F. Reckelhoff and Marion Wofford

      Section 10 - Cancer


      Patricia Hartge and Rebecca Troisi

    141. Cancer in Women: Global Burden and Insights from Gender Comparisons
    142. Valerie McCormack, Joannie Tieulent, Hai-Rim Shin and Freddie Bray

    143. Breast cancer epidemiology and prevention
    144. James Lacey, Nadia T. Chung and Leslie Bernstein

    145. Genetics of breast cancer
    146. Jonine Bernstein, Mark Robson and Mia M. Gaudet

    147. Breast cancer screening
    148. Anthony B. Miller

    149. Ovarian cancer
    150. Joellen Schildkraut, Nicolas Wentzensen and Britton Trabert

    151. Endometrial cancer
    152. Sara H. Olson, Elizabeth L. Jewell and Radhai M. Rastogi

    153. Cervical Cancer: Burden of Disease and Risk Factors
    154. Silvia de Sanjose and Laia Bruni

    155. Vaccination and Screening in Cervical Control and Prevention
    156. Eduardo Franco and Myriam Chevarie-Davis

    157. Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Women
    158. Anna H. Wu

    159. Colorectal Cancer in Women
    160. Corinne E. Joshu, Elizabeth Platz and Edward Giovanucci

    161. The Epidemiology of Melanoma of the Skin
    162. Adele Green, Linda Titus-Ernstoff and Catherine M. Olson

    163. Cancer Prevention for Women
    164. Karen Glanz and Heather Patrick

      Section 11 - Mental Disorders


      Mary V. Seeman

    165. Gender and Mood Disorders
    166. Ronald C. Kessler and Anne Maria Gadermann

    167. Anxiety Disorders in Women
    168. Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Marcy Burstein and Anja Schmitz

    169. Post-traumatic Stress DIsorder
    170. Soraya Seedat and Sharain Suliman

    171. Psychotic Disorders
    172. Jayashri Kulkarni and Emmy Gavrilidis

    173. Eating Disorders
    174. Cynthia M. Bulik, Sara Trace and Suzanne E. Mazzeo

    175. Addictive Disorders
    176. Monica L. Zilberman and Sophia Eglacy

      Section 12 - Poorly Understood Conditions


    177. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    178. Susan K. Johnson

    179. Fibromyalgia: A Central Sensitivity Syndrome
    180. Muhammad B. Yunus

    181. Chronic Headaches
    182. Richard Lipton and Sandra Hamelsky

    183. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    184. Nicholas J. Talley and Natasha A. Koloski

    185. Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
    186. Linda LeResche and Mark Drangsholt

    187. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
    188. Iris R. Bell and Carol M. Baldwin

      Part V - Geriatric Health

      Section 13- Aging


    189. Physical Function, Morbidity, and Mortality
    190. Suzanne G. Leveille and Frances Yang

    191. Osteoarthritis and Other Musculoskeletal Diseases
    192. Kelli Allen and Amanda E. Nelson

    193. Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in Older Women
    194. Katharine K. O'Dell and Catherine Dubeau

    195. Hearing Loss and Aging
    196. Frank R. Lin

    197. Visual Impairment
    198. Ellen E. Freeman and Emily Gower

    199. Dental Diseases and Nutrition
    200. Christine L. Haskin and Connie Mobley

    201. Cognitive Functioning in Aging Women
    202. Ira Driscoll, Mark Espeland and Kristine Yaffe

    203. The Role of Social Support on Health and Well-Being in Older Adult Widows
    204. Toni L. Bisconti, Cindy S. Bergeman, Stacey Scott and Lindsay M. Pitzer

    205. Long Term Care: The Global Impact on Women
    206. Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen and Robin P. Bonifas

    207. Care at the End of Life, Hospice Care
    208. Mary Buss and Ellen McCarthy

    209. Successful Aging

    Barbara Resnick


    Robert N. Hoover


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