Planned Parenthood publishes health guide

Clinicians looking for a general women’s health reference book that offers easy-to-understand information for their patients may want to consider The Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Encyclopedia, recently published by the Crown Publishing Group in New York City.

The first health guide published with the Planned Parenthood insignia, the book draws upon questions from women who have visited Planned Parenthood clinics, says Gloria Feldt, president of the New York City-based Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

"Women call us and come to us with a wide array of questions, and we wanted to make the answers to those questions available to them in a wider venue than just coming to one of our health care centers," she explains.

The book provides women with a ready resource that’s designed to be user-friendly, says Feldt. Written in an easy-to-read style, the encyclopedia covers such topics as choosing a gynecologist, preventing osteoporosis, diagnosis and treatment of breast and ovarian cancers, and how to deal with depression.

"It’s not overly technical. It’s very accurate and straight-on," notes Feldt. "It also has information about further resources, with places to call if you need more information or help."

The book, the first in a series of three titles by Planned Parenthood, will be followed later this year by a guide for families in talking about sex. It will provide adult family members the basic information needed to discuss the subject effectively with their children, Feldt says. The third publication will deal exclusively with contraception and will offer more extensive information than is contained in the women’s health encyclopedia.

List price for the 448-page encyclopedia is $22.00, but health care professionals can get a $5.00 discount by ordering through Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 810 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019. Telephone: (800) 669-0156 or (212) 541-7800.