Women's Health: A Resource Guide for Nurses

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Women's Health: A Resource Guide for Nurses edited by Pamela S. Dickerson, PhD, RN, BC; Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society, 2006; 308 pages, $60 (soft cover)

This book is written for dual audiences - for nurses and for the public we educate and serve. It is a comprehensive guide on topI ical health issues and includes chapters on a wide range of physical, mental, and social issues that affect women. The topics covered include leading issues of morbidity and mortality in women, such as heart health; lung, breast, and gynecological cancers; and osteoporosis. In addition, psychosocial issues are examined, including domestic violence, eating disorders, stress management, depression, caring for aging parents, and issues concerning retirement.

Strengths of this text are its holistic focus and the comprehensive nature of each topic under review. The authors are experts in academia, professional organizations, advanced practice, and management who represent a wide range of geographical areas.

This guide is particularly useful as it is easy to access and readerfriendly. Written in a question-and-answer format, it is appropriate for those readers seeking an overview of common questions and concerns about women's health topics. …