Holly L. Thacker, MD
New York, NY; Kaplan Publishing: 2009
This book presents a broad overview of factual information about women’s health issues around the time of menopause. The author’s decades of experience are evident in the clear, concise text and abundant clinical examples. Readers will relate to the narratives that serve as platforms for medical information, for example, the patient with severe hot flashes crying from fatigue. In this scenario and many more, the author explains the transition from the reproductive stage of life through the menopause transition in an engaging and understandable manner.
Discussions of how our bodies work, ovarian function, basic reproductive anatomy, and a glossary of terms provide a basis for understanding not only the contents of the book but also the “medicalese” often used by healthcare providers. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause is not just another book about menopause and the decision to use hormones or not. There is an emphasis on personal responsibility for a healthy lifestyle such as not smoking, eating sensibly, and exercising regularly. This book from a world-famous hospital puts the reader in the driver’s seat on the road to achieving good health, right next to her healthcare provider.
Dr. Thacker rightly points out that menopause is “not a disease” but that around the time of menopause women are at high risk of developing many chronic diseases. The diseases that become very prevalent during midlife and beyond include heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other common causes of high medical costs, illness, and death.
The opinions and interpretation of applying medical research are Dr. Thacker’s own. Written for commercial publication, not as a scientific manuscript, the book is meant to educate and share experiences. As with any commercial venture, it is left to the reader to accept and apply the shared information based on her comfort level with the author’s experience and expertise. The majority of readers will find this book extremely valuable.
Marjorie R. Jenkins, MD
Executive Director, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
Center for Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Certified NAMS Menopause Practitioner
Member, NAMS Professional Education Committee