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Books, Journals, New Media
November 4, 1998

Women's HealthThe Women's Complete Healthbook The Harvard Guide to Women's Health The Harvard Guide to Women's Health (CD-ROM)

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;280(17):1540-1541. doi:10.1001/jama.280.17.1540

In June 1997, Laura Mansnerus wrote in the New York Times' first women's health supplement, "women have not just been complaining about doctors, but have been becoming doctors." As of the late 1990s, a substantial number of these women physicians have been clinicians for over 2 decades and have produced a shower of books on women's health both for professionals and for consumers.

These physicians have now also produced two excellent general health references for lay women: The Harvard Guide to Women's Health by Carlson, Eisenstat, and Ziporyn, and the American Medical Women's Association's (AMWAs) The Women's Complete Healthbook, edited by Epps and Stewart. (Note: Although both are written from feminist perspectives, these first editions do not have the social, political, or cultural breadth of Our Bodies, Ourselves, that beloved and revolutionary mother-of-all women's health tomes.)

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