Women's Health in General Practice (2nd Edition).
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Davy, Ruth
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Publisher: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Nursing Praxis in New Zealand ISSN: 0112-7438
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 27 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Women's Health in General Practice, 2nd ed. (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Mazza, Danielle
Accession Number: 276900999
Full Text: 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, explaining the 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.

The pregnancy section covers unplanned pregnancy, initial management of infertility, preconception care, early pregnancy loss and postnatal care. All sections are written in a manner that allows for informed consent and reflect empathy and understanding for the trickier issues. Pregnancy and delivery are not included in this book.

Pelvic pain is a common complaint that can be challenging for women and practitioners. The section on this topic addresses, in a sympathetic and comprehensive manner, the many possible reasons for it. This is very reassuring for women who suffer pelvic pain, and I encourage all primary health care providers to read it carefully. It was also reassuring to And that sexual abuse and violence against women--conditions often undiagnosed--are included in the book. There are clear guidelines on how to manage partner abuse.

On a personal note, this is one of the few books medical books I have really enjoyed reading. I found it difficult to put down and can highly recommend it for anyone working in primary health care setting.

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Reviewer: Ruth Davy, Women's Health Nurse Specialist, WONS
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