Health Education for Women. Littlefield VM (ed.), AppletonCentury-Crofts, 1986, 752 pages, paperbound.
The objectives of this book are to help the health professional to appreciate the existence and nature of problems specific to women and to provide the tools for recognition and therapy of disorders, as well as application of preventive and health education measures for women. The ultimate goal is to equip both the professional and client to cope and to cooperate in the treatment, cure or amelioration of problems unique to women. These objectives are fully met in the book.
This book surveys changing practices, concepts, and attitudes toward health care of women in today's society. Drawing upon personal experiences and knowledge, the editor, in the opening chapters, sets the stage for the detailed presentations which follow. The collection of contributing authors display an impressive expertise in practice in their chapters on the various aspects of health care for women.
All aspects of health problems and education are presented in well-defined chapters and chapter divisions. Each section presents theory and content with accompanying graphs that augment the presented material. Case examples are also utilized. Teaching tools accompany areas for health education and promotion. Section headings include the following: Education for Women's Health, Education for Health Promotion, Health Education When There Are Special Reproductive Needs, Health Education When There Are Gynecological Problems, and Psychosocial Problems: Education for Prevention.
There is a balanced presentation of biological, social, and psychological stresses that affect women. A range of options is presented to facilitate individualized health care. The impressive strength of the book is the comprehensive coverage that blends theory with practice. The graphs are presented in a manner that augments or illustrates topics without interrupting the flow of material. The table of contents provides accessibility to needed areas for help and information. The index is comprehensive, and it is easy to find specific areas for quick reference.
This is an invaluable reference book for nurses and all other professionals who provide guidance and care for women.