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The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health
Elizabeth G. Stewart and Paula Spencer (Bantam Books, 2002)

A peculiar feature of North American society has been to shroud our vulvas and vaginas in mystery.Women speak of the places “down there” with eyes lowered. Yet millions of us suffer from vulvar and vaginal problems, such as constant itching, interminable discharge and pain during sexual intercourse. Luckily, Elizabeth Stewart, a gynaecologist with a full-time specialty practice in vulvovaginal care, offers us this guide on vulvovaginal matters, which includes the latest research in accessible language. The book is divided into three parts: what to know and do when a woman is well, what to know and do when she develops a problem and an in-depth guide to specific illnesses and their treatments.

Finding Our Way: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Sourcebook for Aboriginal Communities
(Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, 2002)

Many gaps exist in culturally appropriate materials and services on sexual and reproductive health for Aboriginal people. This sourcebook is a resource for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers (nurses, community health representatives, teachers, counselors and other community workers) who work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and groups in Canada. It offers information about sexual and reproductive health within an Aboriginal cultural context, and looks at traditional teachings and the history of Aboriginal peoples. Other topics covered include, sexuality education for children and youth, healthy pregnancies, teen pregnancies, menopause and sexual abuse.
Available online at: http://www.anac.on.ca/sourcebook/toc.htm

Depression and Bipolar Disorders
Dr. Virginia Edwards
(Key Porter Books, 2002)

One in five people will have a depressive illness during their lifetime, and twice as many women will be affected by these illnesses as men. Depression and bipolar disorder are serious medical conditions that often result in personal distress, work disability and social isolation comparable to that of similarly serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. In any one year, 9.5% of the population will experience depression serious enough to compromise their quality of life. This book provides information to explain how depression affects the brain, how its effects can be reversed, as well as information on drug therapies. Depression and Bipolar Disorders also offers practical self-help suggestions, detailed case histories, suggested reading and a list of helpful organizations.

In Your Own Time: A Guide For Patients and Their Carers Facing A Last Illness At Home
Elizabeth Lee
(Oxford University Press, 2002)

The dying and their families face difficult decisions about the kinds of care they want and where they want to receive it—at home, in the hospital or in a hospice. In order to make the right decisions they need to understand their options. This book takes the reader through the choices that exist in the current medical system, with the aim of helping the dying and their families make this difficult decision. It also talks about the feelings that both patients and caregivers experience when they are coming to terms with a terminal illness.

Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives
Katherine M. J. McKenna, June Larkin, eds (Canadian Women’s Studies Journal/Les cahiers de la femme ,2002)

Violence against women is undeniably pervasive in Canadian society—51% of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. However, Canada has also led the way to end gender-based violence. Research, writing and publishing about male violence against women surged in the wake of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, when 14 female engineering students were rounded up in their university classrooms and shot dead by a man who hated feminists. This book looks at some of the results of that research, and presents some of the latest Canadian thinking about these issues.

Reclaiming Self: Issues and Resources For Women Abused By Intimate Partners
Leslie M. Tutty, Carolyn Goard, eds
(Fernwood, 2002)

Abuse of women by intimate partners is a significant problem in Canada. A critical issue facing women who have experienced abuse is access to resources, shelters and support groups that can assist them in being safe. This book calls for improvements in the practices of many helping professionals, such as the development of family courts aware of critical protection issues, a recognition of the impact of shelters and transitional housing upon the women they serve, greater understanding of the critical issues in same-sex intimate abuse, better training of child protection workers and more.

Healthy Eating For Life For Women
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine with Kristine Kieswer (John Wiley & Sons, 2002)

Women are tired of treating every health problem with a pill.We know there are healthier and more natural ways to help prevent a range of health ailments, such as chronic headaches, menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections or osteoporosis. Not only does this book examine how these and other health problems arise, but it also looks at how our bodies work, and suggests improvements that can result from diet and lifestyle adjustments. Drawing from medical and dietary research, this book presents a complete and sensible plant-based nutrition program to help women take charge of their health and their lives.

Women’s Encounters With the Mental Health Establishment: Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper
Elayne Clift, ed.
(The Haworth Press, 2002)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” has come to represent contemporary women’s struggles to be understood by their mental health care providers. In Women’s Encounters With the Mental Health Establishment, women write about their personal experiences within various mental health settings. This collection highlights the patriarchal structure of most mental health institutions and practices, and describes how clinicians continue to apply male-derived diagnoses and treatments while ignoring the reality of women’s experiences.

Gender Mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS: Taking a Multisectoral Approach
Carol Amaratunga, Sandra Bentley, Jacqueline Gahagan, eds (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2002)

By the end of 2001, 40 million people were living with HIV and 3 million people had died from HIV/AIDS-related causes in that year alone. While AIDS was originally diagnosed in homosexual men, there has been a progressive shift towards heterosexual transmission. Infection rates in women, especially young women, have now increased to the point that almost as many women as men are now dying of HIV/AIDS. In order to address this pandemic, a gender perspective has to be mainstreamed into a broad-based and multisectoral response to the disease. This manual uses case studies from developing and developed countries to illustrate the success of HIV-prevention programs that consider gender, as well as the social and economic factors that increase people’s risk of infection. Available from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health: www.medicine.dal.ca/acewh Toll Free: 1-888-658-1112.

Misinformed Consent: Thirteen Women Share Their Secrets of Unnecessary Hysterectomy
Lise Cloutier-Steele (Stoddart Publishing, 2002)

While many women who have hysterectomies feel absolutely wonderful afterwards, a large number of women have markedly negative experiences with hysterectomy. With 62,000 hysterectomies performed each year in Canada, hysterectomy has been one the most popular, though often unnecessary, surgical procedures. Growing numbers of hyterectomized women are now speaking out about the ill effects of this surgery. Thirteen women, including the author, share their stories in this collection, speaking out about the prejudices and traumas they experienced as a result of their hysterectomies. The book also provides information on alternative treatments, and most importantly, a list of questions women should ask their doctors before agreeing to a hysterectomy.

Safety First:Women and Health Protection
Centres of Excellence in Women’s Health Research Bulletin Vol. 3, No.2, Spring 2003

Guest edited by the Women and Health Protection (WHP) working group, a coalition of women’s health researchers, activists, and public interest groups. The Bulletin features such articles as: DTCA (by Barbara Mintzes); Hormone Therapy (by Sharon Batt);Women and Adverse Drug Reactions (by Colleen Fuller); Estrogens in the Environment (by Ellen Reynolds); International Harmonization of Drugs (by John Abraham); Breast Implants (by Ann Pederson); Benzodiazepines (René Cormier); and Environmental risks and infant feeding (Penny van Esterik).

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~ by Barbara Bourrier-LaCroix
Clearinghouse Coordinator


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