Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 December 1998

488 Pages | 57 halftones & line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195113969

Bookseller Code (04)

Health and Disease among Women

Biological and Environmental Influences

Edited by Roberta B. Ness and Lewis H. Kuller

Women often suffer from health problems that are specific to their gender, and are afflicted by many other diseases with greater frequency and severity than men. Health and Disease Among Women examines the biological and environmental underpinnings of these gender differences. The chapters address the biological (hormonal, immunological, and pregnancy-related), social, behavioral/psychological, and lifestyle factors that affect women, and explain how such influences may account for gender variations in health and disease. The authors raise such questions as 1) Why do women more often suffer reproductive morbidity from sexually transmitted diseases than men? 2) Why is depression more common in women? 3) What evidence indicates that cardiovascular disease is strongly influenced by the hormonal milieu? 4) What are the competing risks and benefits of various methods of contraception? Thoroughly referenced and supported by extensive data, this book provides methodological insights that will guide research on women's health in the future.


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