Haas and Puretz cover their chosen subject with near-incredible thoroughness. They provide a brief orientation to female reproductive anatomy; describe general gynecological maintenance including pap tests and the preventive and diagnostic uses of mammography; discuss the tests used to diagnose the symptoms and calculate the risks of cancer and other health problems for which hysterectomy is often recommended; afford an overview of alternatives to hysterectomy; consider recovery from this major surgery, which can include sex and hormone replacement therapy; suggest questions to ask one's doctor; and conclude with two chapters of information on diet, exercise, and physical and emotional health after the procedure. Haas and Puretz see women as disadvantaged in terms of health care, subject to more exams and lab tests but "less likely to receive major diagnostic or therapeutic interventions" than men. Their guide helps level an uneven playing field for the one in three American women who well may undergo hysterectomy before age 65. Whitney Scott
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Praise for the first edition:"Haas and Puretz cover their chosen subject with near-incredible thoroughness." -Booklist