edited by Vicki Seltzer and Warren Pearse, 825 pp, with illus, $65, ISBN 0-07-056225-3, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1995.
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Women's Primary Health Care, edited by Vicki Seltzer and Warren Pearse, begins with a brief preface that carefully sidesteps the question of target audience. Instead, the editors have chosen to observe that clinicians of many disciplines provide and contribute to women's primary care: primary and preventive ambulatory health care needs of women are "as important for the subspecialist as for the generalist." This apparently diplomatic approach is ultimately both a strength and a weakness. It allows inclusion of a comprehensive array of topics relevant to women's primary care, but most chapters offer a superficial, although broad, overview of the subject at hand. This strategy begs the question of why a textbook on women's primary care at all?
The main text has seven major parts. Part 1 includes tables of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality for women by age group, recommended preventive health interventions with a clear emphasis on
Clancy CM. Women's Primary Health Care. JAMA. 1996;275(9):726. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530330070036