Social, political, economic, and ethical issues covered; health concerns for women on over 200 topics; includes an extensive bibliography
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Although there are many reference guides to diseases, symptoms, and treatment for women's health problems, there is no comprehensive source for the social, political, economic, and ethical issues that affect women's health decisions. This encyclopedia provides valuable information on over 200 topics, including the issues and history surrounding diseases and medical procedures faced by women; health concerns of different ethnic groups of women; information on organizations and programs that deal with women's health; profiles on the people who have pioneered women's health services and information; and legal decisions related to women's health. An extensive bibliography and guides to women's health Web sites and organizations give users additional helpful resources.
""Although researchers have long studied differences in the male and female anatomies, only in recent decades have studies uncovered distinct biological differences in the ways women and men respond to treatment for various diseases and health conditions. Women, for example, have less of the gastric enzyme that breaks down alcohol than men do; thus after drinking the same amount of alcohol woen have higher alcohol blood content, even whien size differences are taken into account. Women also are likely to absorb more toxic chemicals than men, so are at a higher risk when exposed to the same environmental hazards. Some pain medications do not have the same effect on women as on men. Ibuprofen, for instance, provides less pain relief for women..."