Women and the Menopause: A Book for and About Women and the Climacteric. Brenda M il Ic t te, and Joellen Hawkins. Reston, Va, Reston Publishing Co, Ine, 1983, 148 pages, softcover, $9.95.
This book is written for the layperson as well as for those professionals who provide health care to women. The major thrust of the book is to demythologize menopause and discuss the subject in its proper context, a normal developmental event in every woman's life. The authors have achieved their goal by presenting accurate data about menopause and dispelling old wives' tales and myths.
The book is a comprehensive study of the climacteric and includes a good review of the anatomy and physiology of the normal female reproductive system. The psychosocial and physiological aspects of aging, as well as developmental tasks of the middle aged, are presented as a foundation for helping women adapt to physical changes and adjust to new roles in life. Throughout the book, emphasis is given to supporting women emotionally and directing them to seek appropriate help. Topics of concern to menopausal women are covered in a clear and concise manner. Estrogen replacement therapy, sex, fertility, contraception, and changes in roles and relationships are all discussed. Each chapter has bibliographic references in addition to a glossary of terminology, many good illustrations, and film resources that would be of particular help to the layperson.
The final chapter, "Being a Woman in Today's Society," presents strategies to enhance self- worth and increase selfawareness and one's sense of identity. Emphasis is given to the importance of taking care of oneself with coverage of diet, exercise, and nutrition. The authors state, "think of yourself first and not last. " This book should reach a wide audience of women and I recommend that it be included in patient education and public libraries as well as in libraries for health professionals.