From Publishers Weekly
Moore, a frequent guest on the Oprah show, helms a list of world class female physician coauthors. The book opens with the old news that womenÖs wellness has taken a backseat to menÖs, even though itÖs been 20 years since the government insisted that clinical trials include women. The few reliable, comprehensive guides to womenÖs health include most notably Our Bodies, Ourselves
and The New Harvard Guide to WomenÖs Health
, but this new resource is not one of them. It offers broad coverage, but insufficient straightforward information. Opening with the familiar discussion about why women are different and deserve appropriate care, the book covers minimal basic explanations and advice for maintaining health and understanding and recognizing symptoms of disease. In an effort to offer nonalarmist guidance, the coauthors downplay the severity of certain conditions, including cancer, liver disease and coronary artery disease. Twelve of 16 chapters, each presenting short overviews, sidebars, charts, illustrations, symptom checklists and advice for self-care, focus on an individual physiological system (hormones, breast health, heart, etc.). The message that informed patients receive better care is here, but symptom checklists are incomplete and explanations cursory at best. (May)
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About the Author
Highly regarded as a women's health expert and advocate; as a physician educator and as a media commentator, Dr. Moore is the Founder and President of DrDonnica.com
, a popular women's health information website launched in Sept. 2000. She is also Founder and President of Sapphire Women's Health Group LLC, a multimedia women's health education and communications firm.
Team-written by female specialists in the US and UK, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.