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March 6, 1996

Primary Care of Women

Author Affiliations

Rhode Island Hospital Brown University School of Medicine Providence

JAMA. 1996;275(9):726-727. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530330070037

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In the preface to Primary Care of Women, the editors state that the mission of the text is to "help primary care providers deal more effectively with the health care needs of women." Certainly, they accomplish this goal. The book derives from the clinical experience at Virginia Mason's Center For Women's Health in Seattle, Wash, a multidisciplinary practice established in 1988, which now has more than 20 000 patients. Primary Care of Women is a multidisciplinary text "encompassing a variety of topics in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and mental health." The suggested audience appropriately includes internists, family physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists, allied health professionals, and medical students and residents.

In the past, traditional biomedical textbooks have chosen to include relevant psychosocial topics, almost as an afterthought at the end. In contrast, this text underscores the important role of the biopsychosocial model in the primary care of women by beginning with chapters