"Comprehensive" is definitely the first word that comes to mind to describe The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health. This hefty volume, an updated version of the first guide, published in 1996, covers almost every imaginable women's health concern, from face-lifts to fibromyalgia. Incorporating new findings from the Women's Health Initiative, the authors (two Harvard doctors and a medical writer) delve into such hot topics as estrogen replacement therapy and perimenopause. The text is detailed, but presented in a way that's understandable for the lay reader. Helpful charts and illustrations explain anatomical references. Appropriate for readers of any age, The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health can help to ensure that women are informed partners in their own medical care.

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