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March 6, 1996

Primary Care of Women

JAMA. 1996;275(9):725-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530330069035

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In the preface to Primary Care of Women, the editors note several recent propitious trends for women's health care: the reclamation of the critical value of primary care; the acknowledgment of the information and research gaps in women's health; and the recognition of the central role of the patient in the medical care process. With this perspective, and echoing the goals of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Women's Health, this superb textbook covers common primary care problems that manifest differently, respond differently, or occur more commonly or exclusively in women.

The book has four major sections. Part 1, "Medical Disease in Women," has selected topics in internal medicine, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rhematoid arthritis. Part 2, "The Reproductive Cycle," reviews gynecologic issues such as contraception, endometriosis, and menopause; obstetrics and medical problems in pregnancy; and breast and gynecologic cancers. Part 3, "Psychology and Behavioral