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On Circumcision: Timely Information for Parents and Professionals from America's #1 Expert on Circumcision
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1) Non-English Materials and Resources
Non-English Language Materials and Resources is an index page that provides new, easy access to information in the MCH Library that is available in over 60 languages. The index page lists each language for which information is available and provides automated searching of library databases. The index is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/nonenglish.html. A suggestion form is included so readers can suggest new resources to add to the library, or make comments about the usefulness and value of this index.
2) Maternal and Child Health Thesarus
The third edition of the Maternal and Child Health Thesaurus (http://www.mchthesaurus.info) provides the MCH professional community with a standard vocabulary that serves as a tool for indexing and retrieving materials in any MCH research center, library, or special collection. The thesaurus Web site provides an introduction; an alphabetical list of terms; a rotated list of terms; a set of subject categories; and a search function to search MCHLine® for specific terms. A pdf version of the full thesaurus is also available on the Web site.
Stepanie Weldon, Denison Memorial Library, continues to add your postings from the CAPHIS listserv to the Consumer Health Resource Directory
The easiest way to find information is via searching by subject:
This is the link to search by subject http://nnlm.gov/mcr/chid/subjects.php?search=1
Be sure to hit the “return to search results” on your search results page instead of the back button
The CHRD home page url is http://nnlm.gov/mcr/chid/
CAPHIS, Chiropractic Libraries and the African American Medical Librarian Alliance will be sponsoring a program on Promoting Patient Safety at the 2006 Annaul Meeting. This session will explore what librarians are doing to promote patient safety, how library projects are impacting the patient and/or organization, and how librarian’s involvement is helping the organization meet accreditation standards in this area. Topics for presentation might include: how EBM improves patient safety and quality of care; the development and/or use of web based education to improve patient safety; six sigma initiatives and safety outcomes; and the libraries role in creating an informed patient.
For more information on abstract submission guidelines or what other programs have been proposed see http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2006/index.html
This book written by Greg
Palmer chronicles a two year journey taken by his son Ned who is 21
and about to graduate from high school in the
This easy to read book which is hard to put down sheds light on Down Syndrome children and all their parents’ fears once their children reach the age they cannot go to school. Greg Palmer shares his fears, joys, rewards, anxious moments and all the emotions that he went through as he and Cathy worked to help Ned adjust to life outside of school. In reading this book I felt I knew both Greg and Ned personally. Each parent of an adolescent with Down Syndrome who is concerned about the future needs to read this book.
Reviewed by Cindy Perkins,
Medical Librarian, Children’s Hospital Central California,
A diagnosis of breast cancer is a shattering experience. Telling partners, children, and colleagues; choosing treatment options; and dealing with the effects of therapy can be overwhelming. The third edition of Be a Survivor will help patients and their families cope. Dr. Lange, an emergency-room physician who now works in breast health, had to face all of this when his wife, a pediatrician, was diagnosed seventeen years ago. This book grew out of their experience with breast cancer. Thirty physicians and nurses who treat cancer patients contributed to it. Like all good cancer books, this one has the latest information about choosing health care providers, diagnosis and treatment, and recovery. It has far more though. Throughout the book, there are questions for patients and family members to ask. There are interviews with patients and family members in various stages of treatment and recovery, 150 color photographs and diagrams of women undergoing treatment, and a chapter for partners with advice and support. There is also a DVD with 3-D graphics, survivor’s stories, and videos of surgical procedures. A Spanish –language version Confie En El Manaña is available, too. This is an outstanding resource for consumer health and cancer collections.
Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel,
Breast cancer is the most
frequently diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women. It is the third leading
cause of death. With an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patrons,
libraries need current material on this subject in Spanish. Confíe
en el Mañana is a Spanish-language version of Dr. Vladimir Lang’s
book Be a Survivor. It includes basic information about cancer,
diagnosis and treatment, and comments from
This picture book for ages 4-8 is a sequel to We’ll Paint the Octopus Red, but can stand alone. Big sister Emma is frustrated with her three-year-old brother Isaac, who is not so cuddly and easy to play with now. Emma’s mother is taking sign language classes in order to teach Isaac how to sign, and Emma tries to help by teaching Isaac “please” and “thank you,” but he just spits at her and pushes her away. Her father counsels patience, but Emma wants her brother to learn to talk now. When Isaac finally starts to sign, Emma is proud of him. The text never mentions that Isaac has Down syndrome, and the illustrations by Charlotte Fremaux do not make his condition obvious, so the story focuses on the sibling relationship, including her momentary anxiety over his behavior at her school’s Open House. A question and answer section at the end of the story explains the use of sign language and the delayed speech of children with Down syndrome. This is a good purchase for pediatric consumer health collections.
Reviewed by Brenda Pfannenstiel,
The book is written at the high school level and includes personal stories. It is one of a few books that address’s the problems of eating disorders for adult women (women over 30). Kelly’s male perspective on eating disorders and the attention paid to male eating disorders is a nice touch. The book does include exercises and advice for readers regarding treatment as well as a list of resources available. The Body Myth is recommended for public libraries.
Reviewed by Lisa Huang,
Patients seeking information
about dental health and dental procedures have very few options. The
field is not as well covered as medicine. The Consumer’s Guide to
Dentistry is a welcome addition to the library. The author is affiliated
Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel,
Healthy Aging immediately
engages the reader by its attractive title. After all, if we must get
older, ideally it should be a pleasant experience. Andrew Weil is a
well-known physician who carries popular appeal through his previous
works. He is a 1968 graduate of
Dr. Weil’s approach to aging in this book seems to be that of finding oneness with nature’s path. “The goal,” according to Weil, “is to adapt to the changes that time brings and to arrive in old age with minimal deficits and discomforts – in technical terms, to compress morbidity”. Dr. Weil generally succeeds in presenting enough information to satisfactorily address the subject within this context
Healthy Aging is divided into sections that address both the scientific and emotional aspects of growing old. The first section, “The Science and Philosophy of Healthy Aging” looks at several myths and facts, including cell life, fountain of youth legends, anti-aging therapies ancient and modern, and some recent research trends. Weil also guides the reader through a couple of theories on the whys behind physiological aging. The second section, “How to Age Gracefully” primarily deals with the emotional side of getting older. Readers will find practical information on physical activity, sex and intimacy, stress, and other topics within the context of aging. There is also a useful appendix with an anti-inflammatory diet.
I found this book to be readable and interesting. The reading level may be somewhat high for some library patrons, but Dr. Weil’s writing style will quickly engage most readers familiar with the vocabulary he uses.
Reviewed by T. Elizabeth
Workman, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library,
Menopause Before 40 is organized into three sections: My Menopause Journey, Premature Menopause and Hormones, and Coping Strategies. Banerd applies her skills as an educator and author on other topics to her coherent explanations of medical terms and concepts. She offers a combination of candid experience and practical how-to solutions leavened with appropriate references from the medical and consumer health literature. The bibliography includes peer-review research articles and popular articles, medical textbooks and patient education materials. The book is written at a level appropriate for persons with some college education. Banerd's observations and insights would be of value not only to POF patients, but also to women with normal menopause and women with reproductive cancers who have had their ovaries removed. In particular, she includes a rare and helpful discussion of how to manage intimacy under challenging health circumstances, with aging partners, teenagers in the house, and more.
Karen Banerd's book, Menopause Before 40, is one of two books released in 2004 on premature ovarian failure, also known as premature menopause. Menopause Before 40, like Faces of POF (2004) and The Premature Menopause Book (1997), are written from the perspective of the patient. Banerd's book offers a good middle ground between Faces of POF, with comparatively brief profiles of a group of women's experiences, and the over 400 page The Premature Menopause Book.
Recommended for moderate sized consumer health and public libraries.
Faces of POF: Learning and Living with Premature Ovarian Failure by POF Support Group (2004)
The Premature Menopause Book: When the "Change Of Life" Comes Too Early, by Kathryn Petras (1997)
by P. F. Anderson, Dentistry Library,
The majority of male infants
born in the United Sates are circumcised during the newborn period.
There are, however, parents who are not sure that they should circumcise
their sons. Dr. Edgar J. Schoen, former chief of pediatrics at Kaiser
Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel,
Kathleen A. Depression in new mothers: causes, consequences and
A great deal of research
has been done on postpartum depression in the last decade and this book,
intended for mental health professionals, is a timely literature review
on the subject. It is a thoroughly revised and greatly expanded version
of the author’s original work Postpartum Depression, published
in 1993. Kendall-Tackett, PhD, a Research Associate Professor of Psychology
Kendall-Tackett discusses the effects of postpartum depression on mothers and infants, as well as its association with the woman’s physiological factors, childbirth experiences, and characteristics of her infant. Assessment, risk factors, and treatment, including community interventions, psychotherapy, complementary therapies, and medication are covered in individual chapters. The case of an individual patient from the 1993 version, with excerpts from the patient’s diary and her medical record, is also presented. A comprehensive list of bibliographical references is included.
This book is more appropriate for medical libraries with large collections in the area of psychiatry and mental health, and would not be suitable for most consumer health libraries. Recent books more appropriate for consumer health libraries include Conquering Postpartum Depression by Ronald Rosenberg, Deborah Greening, and James Windell and Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana S. Bennett, and Pec Indman.
Reviewed by Deborah Magnan,
Samuel and Sandra Hekemian
Revitalize Your Hormones promises women a “natural” way to balance their hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms without hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Part One provides an overview of hormones and their functions and the arguments against using HRT. Part Two is the heart of the book, providing the author’s recommendations for healthy diet and lifestyle changes to balance one’s hormones. Part Three includes recipes, many of them for the raw foods that Dr. Dale recommends, that make up the bulk of a healthy diet.
Theresa Dale, naturopathic doctor and homeopath, is also the author of Your Emotional DNA: Understanding the Blueprint of Your Life and Biotic Mac’s Slow Foods Cookbook. She clearly states her personal bias that HRT or other drugs are NEVER warranted and claims to have cured herself of a uterine tumor and thyroid disease using this program. Her conversational writing style draws on observations from her personal practice; a lot of claims are prefaced with “studies have proved…” but many of her footnotes are sketchy. Several inaccuracies stand out -- some important and some less so – leaving me to wonder what errors I might have missed. Examples include the statement that agave syrup is made from brown rice (it’s made from agave, the same Mexican cactus that gives us tequila) and her belief that certain infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis can somehow be passed on genetically.
That said, there is nothing in her recommendations that could be harmful, and following them could certainly provide better health benefits than the standard American diet. She recommends increased exercise, antioxidant intake, stress management, and eliminating alcohol, caffeine, sugar, saturated fats, and overly processed foods. Her more extreme recommendations include eliminating dairy, all beef, farmed fish, mercury amalgam dental fillings, exposure to chemicals and electromagnetic fields, petroleum or animal products in cosmetics, yeast, aluminum cookware, and artificial sweeteners. She recommends eating raw organic food, brushing your skin to eliminate toxins, and the use of homeopathic remedies. (She also sells these remedies on her website, www.wellnesscenter.net.) She also discusses a Chinese Body Clock, which supposedly uses the time of day that one’s symptoms occur to diagnose which organ is affected and which remedy to use; and a sort of tooth reflexology, in which pain in a particular tooth is used to diagnose problems elsewhere in the body.
True believers in naturopathy and other “alternative” practices will enjoy this book; as a scientifically-oriented skeptic, I personally can’t recommend it.
Being somewhat familiar with popular books available on most bookstore shelves on pregnancy and birth, I knew by the title of this book that it would likely fill a void in the popular literature on the subject. As it happens, it not only does so, but exceptionally well.
The book centers around the personal experiences of 90 disabled women interviewed for the book. It describes the nature of their disabilities (22 are covered in all), their pregnancy histories, symptoms, and the individual challenges they encountered and overcame during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Judith Rogers, the author,
is an occupational therapist and disabled mother of two. She is a pregnancy
and parenting specialist at Through the Looking Glass, a
The table of contents is not unlike that of other pregnancy books, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise emotional issues, physical changes during each trimester, interacting with medical personnel, details on labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. The difference lies in that all of these topics are approached from the disabled woman’s perspective, with copious personal examples from the interviewees are woven through each section. The lists of resources and references included at the end of the book offer valuable destinations for further inquiry.
This book not only fills a need for practical information but offers a very thorough coverage of all aspects of the disabled woman’s pregnancy and childbirth experience. I highly recommend it as an interesting and very informative resource for a consumer health collection.
Reviewed by Rita Haydar,
Saint Mary Medical Center,
This is an inexpensive, authoritative guide to identifying, treating, and preventing over 100 musculoskeletal problems. The book is written in the active tense, addressing the reader as “you.” The informal style and use of both common and medical terminology promotes the book’s intent - to take the mystery out of some of some of the problems that affect your body.
Arrangement of the book into sections by body area allows the reader to locate her own concern. The back of the first page of each section contains illustrations that the reader can refer to when reading about specific problems in a section’s chapters. Graphics are used sparingly. Black, white, gray, and smudging are used effectively as dividers and highlighters in the text. Uniform formatting of chapters assists the reader in locating information.
The book will help adult readers identify what symptoms require immediate medical attention rather than a self-administered RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) regimen. Problems that affect all age groups are included. The reader is given specific steps to take for optimum care of herself and others. In some cases, physician care is indicated if first aid treatment does not provide relief after a specified time; in other cases, physician care is the initial treatment of choice. Specific therapies and down times are given.
There are not many hits in OCLC on popular works dealing with orthopaedics or musculoskeletal system diseases. The most widely held book is Irwin M. Siegel’s 1998 All About Bone : An Owner’s Manual. There is more information in Siegel’s book, but When Your Body Aches is the better owner’s manual in its ease of use and emphasis on patient self-care.
Reviewed by Susan Roosth
Epidemics have changed the course of history. One has only to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to learn of a new disease that threatens the world. The speed of modern travel makes it easy for infections to appear far from their origin. The World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases, by three British geographers, provides an overview of major epidemic diseases and their distribution. The authors explain the basics of epidemiology and disease mapping. They then present fifty diseases that have caused major epidemics throughout history. They include very old diseases (bubonic plague, measles, smallpox) as well as new diseases (Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS) and common diseases (tuberculosis, malaria, influenza). The entries for each include maps, pictures of the biological agent that causes it, and information about its environment, the impact it has, its history, the pioneers who did research on it, its current status and distribution, and possibilities for control. A chapter on the changing patterns of disease includes a discussion of bio-terrorism and the impact of war on efforts to control disease. Each chapter concludes with a reading list and there is an extensive bibliography as well. A glossary and list of Web sites complete the work. Although this is an expensive book, libraries with sufficient funds should consider it. It is an excellent resource for questions about the exotic diseases such as Ebola/Marburg and leishmaniasis that patrons may encounter in the news and for students doing reports. It is less comprehensive than The Cambridge World History of Human Disease, but the illustrations are outstanding.
Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel,
If you have been injured or are experiencing pain, and want to heal by using natural and holistic means, then this self help book is for you. Healing Injuries the Natural Way by Michelle Schoffro Cook, provides an alternative approach to healing various types of bone, soft tissue, and joint injuries related to osteoporosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, Dac, CNC, CITP is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture, Holistic Life Coach, Biofeedback Therapist, Reiki Master, Holistic Nutritionist, and Energy Medicine Practitioner.
This book is easy to read, simple to use, and packed with results. The writing style flows from a discussion in Chapter 1 on common “bone injuries” leading up to Chapter 10 “Eight-Week Injury - Healing Program” which provides your body with the powerful nutrients it needs to heal through the use of herbs and foods that lessen the pain and inflammation. Readers will learn how to: use the power of food, nutritional supplements, and herbs; utilize essentials oils and homeopathic remedies; discover exercise as a tool to overcome injuries; beat pain using powerful acupressure techniques; building bone the natural way, reverse fibromyalgia, and much more.
Michelle Schoffro Cook’s current book, The Ultimate Body Detox Plan (2005) is based on a holistic approach of detoxing that cleanses your whole body. Healing Injuries the Natural Way is a mini-encylopedia that would be a great assest for any Consumer Health Library.
Darlene G. Ward,
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