Academic journal article Nursing Praxis in New Zealand

Women's Health in General Practice (2Nd Edition)

Academic journal article Nursing Praxis in New Zealand

Women's Health in General Practice (2Nd Edition)

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Title: Women's Health in General Practice (2nd Edition) Author: Danielle Mazza Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

This is a comprehensive book with seventeen sections covering adolescent gynaecology to menopause and osteoporosis. Written for general practitioners it is well laid out and easy to read. Each section contains the latest research evidence. Tables and flow charts provide practical reference points for each section. Throughout the book case studies give an holistic and practical overview of how to manage the more challenging cases.

The text is not dominated by medical remedies, which was a pleasant surprise. Natural remedies and vitamin use were discussed on a regular basis, although in some sections diet and exercise were missing. This aspect was disappointing especially in the premenstrual syndrome section where diet and exercise can dramatically help women cope with symptoms. However, menopause and dietary management were well covered and offered general practitioners comprehensive information on the use and benefits of phytoestrogens. The debate about hormone replacement therapy is well covered, explainingthe difference between relative and absolute risk in research. Although in the main the account of breast screening is similar to our programme the recommendation to screen young women under the age of 20 years for cervical abnormalities is something not recommended in New Zealand. …

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