The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
New York, NY: Touchstone Books; 2006
The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has added another volume to its growing repertoire of books for women. This latest addition, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, will be a good choice for women seeking factual information about menopause and beyond, coupled with personal narratives from women whose experiences embody the menopausal transition.
Like the original Our Bodies, Ourselves, this book has a rebellious edge, especially in the first few chapters, and the language might be challenging for women with limited education. It is, however, well organized, full of facts, and has appropriate documentation. Discussions regarding hormone therapy are reasonably balanced and present the reader with accurate information about its risks and benefits.
The book emphasizes menopause as a natural part of aging, and the themes of health maintenance and disease prevention are consistent throughout.
Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Credentialed NAMS Menopause Practitioner
Chair, NAMS Consumer Education Committee