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April 25, 1986

Women, Sport and Performance: A Physiological Perspective

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1986;255(16):2225-2226. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370160127043

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This comprehensive book, by Christine L. Wells, PhD, represents an extraordinary undertaking. Only a woman as talented, bright, capable, and energetic as Dr Wells could have initiated and completed alone so voluminous a work on this subject. The author has, indeed, accomplished a monumental task and has done an excellent job. The language is clear and articulate and the book conveys a tremendous amount of information.

One of the most difficult tasks for any writer is selecting an audience and directing the message to that specific audience. Although this book is intended, according to the author, for the physical education teacher, the coach, and the athlete, the language is too technical and sophisticated for most; much of the content is too technical also. Many of the terms are not defined adequately for the intended audience, and much of the content is too deep and even unnecessary for explaining the information