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March 20, 1981

Women in the Health System: Patients, Providers, and Programs

Author Affiliations

Center for Health Administration Studies University of Chicago


by Helen I. Marieskind (Issues and Problems in Health Care, Paul R. Torrens, ed), 329 pp, 62 illus, paper, $12.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(11):1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310360055029

Women in the Health System: Patients, Providers and Programs provides a comprehensive and balanced overview of women's health care needs, the social and environmental factors that influence their health status and their receipt of medical care, the health care programs and policies that most directly affect them, and the roles women have traditionally assumed and currently play as providers of health care services.

The author states in the preface that the book is intended for students in the health professions and in women's studies programs, health care educators who are responsible for training providers and administrators of medical care services, and importantly, for women themselves, as a tool to catalyze and guide critical analysis of their roles in the health care delivery system.

Dr Marieskind provides a wealth of data to document the points discussed in the book. An extensive list of references accompanies each chapter. The cross-national comparative data