Women and Health

1st Edition

Editors: Marlene Goldman Maureen Hatch
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122881459
eBook ISBN: 9780080543857
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th November 1999
Page Count: 1282
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Women and Health is a comprehensive reference which addresses health issues affecting women of all ages--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.

Women and Health covers not only those conditions that are unique to or occur more frequently in women, but also those that present differently or are treated differently in women.

Key Features

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive, in-depth review of all aspects of women's health
  • Highlights key women's health issues including osteoporosis, domestic violence, breast cancer, menopause, infertility, heart disease, and many others
  • Addresses international women's health issues from a human rights and cultural perspective
  • Presents the latest research and clinical findings from leaders in their respective fields
  • Highlights controversies in treatment modalities
  • Challenges the medical community to address the impact of gender on health
  • Expands our thinking about the perceptions of disease and disorders in women
  • Challenges current status quo in health care delivery


Academic and government epidemiologists, public health workers and students, endocrinologists, obstetricians/gynocologists, internists, and other physicians specializing in women's health.

Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface.

Women, Health, and Medicine:

Why Women's Health? An Overview of Women and Health, M.B. Goldman & M.C. Hatch. Gender, Race and Class: From Epidemiologic Association to Etiologic Hypotheses, C.J. Rowland Hogue.

The Role of Women in Health Care and Research:

Section Editor: S.G. Haynes. Role of Advocacy Groups in Research on Women's Health, B. Seaman & S.F. Wood. State-of-the-Art Methods for Women's Health Research, S.G. Haynes & M.C. Hatch. Gender Issues in Women's Health Care, C.M. Clancy. Women's Health and Managed Care, K. Davis, K.S. Collins, and C. Schoen. Lesbian Health Research, J. Bradford and J.C. White.

Sexual and Reproductive Health:

Reproductive Health:

Section Editors: G.S. Berkowitz and J.R. Daling. Puberty and Adolescent Pregnancy, T.O. Scholl. Menstruation and Menstrual Disorders: The Epidemiology of Menstruation and Menstrual Dysfunction, S.D. Harlow. Premenstrual Syndrome, J.F. Mortola. Women's Fecundability and Factors Affecting It, D.D. Baird and B.I. Strassman. Contraception, D. Shoupe and D.R. Mishell, Jr.. Induced Abortion, H.K. Atrash and A.F. Saftlas. Maternal Morbidity, M.A. Williams and R. Mittendorf. Labor and Delivery, W.D. Fraser and M.S. Kramer. Infertility, M.B. Goldman, S.A. Missmer, and R.L. Barbieri. Assisted Reproductive Technologies, D.A. Grainger and B.L. Tjaden. Endometriosis, V.L. Holt and J. Jenkins.


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About the Editor

Marlene Goldman

Dr. Goldman is a reproductive epidemiologist and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She specializes in research and teaching related to women's health. Her research program includes several large randomized clinical trials evaluating optimal infertility treatment for younger and older women seeking to conceive and a prospective cohort study investigating the role of preconception nutrition and oxidative stress on implantation and early pregnancy loss. She is co-editor of Women and Health, a comprehensive reference textbook for researchers, teaching faculty, and clinicians on the role of gender in understanding disease occurrence, diagnosis, treatment, and priority-setting in health care.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School; Director of Clinical Research, OB/GYN, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA

Maureen Hatch

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Chornobyl Research Unit, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


"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." —Anne W. Moulton, MD, Rhode Island Hospital, ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (March 2001) "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." —Marianne J. Legato, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (August 2000) "Every so often a book is published which simply must be on your bookshelf. The new edition of Women and Health is just such a book. ...it is refreshing to see such an excellent integration of medicine, social science and basic research. ...a monumental achievement and is testimony to how far we have come in both our understanding and our sensitivities. It is wonderful to have so much information presented so authoritatively and to have the controversies and perspectives that are inherent to the field covered so eloquently. Certainly, this is a highly recommended text." —Jeanne Mager Stellman, Columbia University, in WOMEN & HEALTH (2000) "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 r