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May 26, 1993

The New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women

Author Affiliations

Santa Cruz Medical Clinic Aptos, Calif

JAMA. 1993;269(20):2680-2681. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500200094042

Granddaughter of the original Our Bodies, Ourselves and daughter of the 1984 edition, weighing in at 3 lb 13 oz, the 1992 New Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) is a motherlode of information and resources for the client/consumer and the physician. While the consumer can both learn detailed information on health topics and be coached in developing an assertive and responsible attitude toward her own health, the physician can better understand the social, political, and cultural context of women's health and also hear women's voices, woven through the text, describing their own experiences with health problems and the medical profession. Most physicians may need to brace themselves for repeated criticism of our current medical system.

The 1992 OBOS has seven major sections. "Taking Care of Ourselves" includes body image, food, alcohol, mood-altering drugs and smoking, exercise, holistic health systems, psychotherapy, environmental and occupational health, and violence against women. "Relationships and Sexuality"