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General Women's Health Textbooks & Encyclopedias

All women should have a copy of a general women's health guide on their shelves. Here are Dr. Donnica's recommendations for general women's health guides and other women's health books, including topics on menopause, pregnancy, osteoporosis and women's health & advocacy.

Women's Health

Womenís Health for Life
by Dr. Donnica Moore & Dr. Sarah Jarvis
Now Available for Pre-Order!

Written in collaboration with top womenís health experts from the United States and Great Britain, Womenís Health for Life (DK Publishing, 2009) will be released on 3/16/09. To pre-order, click here. Covering important womenís health topics from menarche to menopause, headaches to heart disease, and contraception to cancer, this highly illustrated hardcover edition is a valuable home reference for all women.


Raising Baby Green
Alan Greene, MD

Dr. Greene's newest book, Raising Baby Green will be available soon! It's the first book to present parents with wonderful new suggestions for little (and big) things they can do to make a big difference in keeping their babies safe and the environment a healthy place to live. The book includes hundreds of new product choices for smart parents. You'll see Raising Baby Green in stores by the end of September, but you can pre-order from amazon.com now and be the first mom (or dad) on the block to get your copy.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

From First Kicks to First Steps: Nurturing Your Baby's
Development from Pregnancy through the First Year of Life

Alan Greene, MD

Most expectant parents can't wait to get to know the mysterious little person who will be arriving. Now parents can find out what's really going on in there and start nurturing their baby's development during pregnancy with the help of From First Kicks to First Steps.

Beautifully written by a pioneering pediatrician, this groundbreaking book focuses on the transition between pregnancy and the first year to help parents give their baby the very best start in life. Dr. Alan Greene answers such common parental concerns as:

  • Do babies dream before birth?
  • What can parents do during pregnancy to help their babies later in life?
  • Can babies become better sleepers even before they're born?
  • Does taking fluoride help or hurt?
  • And much more!
    Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

General Health

The National Women's Health Resource Center Book of Women's Health: Your Comprehensive Guide to Health and Well-Being

Anthony Scialli, MD, Editor in Chief

This 27-chapter text covers many of the key women's health issues confronting women today written by topic specialists. It is written in a clear, easy to understand way while being very comprehensive.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine
Tori Hudson, ND

Unlike many other books on "natural" medicine, this one is written by an authority who has not only studied the literature, but references it. Dr. Hudson catalogues what is known about natural medicine and distinguishes that from what is presumed or believed. She clearly identifies the shortcomings of available research, where they exist, and gives practical advice regarding when self-care is possible and when a licensed health care professional should be consulted.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Textbook of Women's Health

Lila Wallis, MD, Editor in Chief

This 125-chapter text is recommended for health care professionals and students of health care. Dr. Wallis is regarded as "the Godmother of Women's Health" and this work truly reflects her passion and her breadth of understanding that women's health affects every organ system, every relationship, every part of the lifecycle, and all of our activities.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com


The AMA Essential Guide to Menopause
Edited by the American Medical Association

menopause This is a comprehensive, concise book that provides women with a wealth of knowledge about menopause. Rather than merely a clinical overview of menopause, the American Medical Association presents information and advice about feeling good about the body's changes, staying healthy and fit, dealing with potential gynecological problems and procedures, and lowering osteoporosis and stroke risk.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

The Complete Book of Menopause

Carol Landau, MD, Michele G. Cyr, MD, and Anne W. Moulton, MD

menopause This is the book on menopause that I wish I had written! Drs. Cyr, Landau and Moulton do an excellent job of laying out all the important issues related to menopause from what it is to what to do about it and why it's important, along with all the relevant reference material if you'd like it. It's easy to read from cover-to-cover or to use as a reference to look up specific points in its thorough index. It is available in paperback. I use this book as a resource regularly and give it my highest recommendation.
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No More Hot Flashes and Even More Good News
Penny Wise Budoff


This book is from the author of the famous book No More Menstrual Cramps and Other Good News from the 1970's--when many physicians still treated menstrual cramps as though they were all in our heads! Dr. Budoff is a menopausal woman herself and the founder of one of the first women's health centers in the US, so a personal and a professional perspective is apparent throughout her book. This book includes extensive information on hormone replacement therapy and alternatives, vitamins and minerals for women, muscle and joint pain, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and many other topics of interest to women over 50.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

The Premature Menopause Book
Kathryn Petras

menopause This is an excellent book written by a patient with who experienced POF (Premature Ovarian Failure, also called "Premature Menopause", when she was 38 and not much was written about this condition for patients confronted with this shocking diagnosis. The forward is written by the book's medical reviewer, Michelle Warren, MD, from Columbia University, one of the foremost experts on this subject. Ms. Petras covers what is known about premature ovarian failure in a concise and easy-to-understand way and addresses what can be done to prevent the effects of premature aging due to estrogen loss in such young women.
Click here to purchase from Amazon.com


Boning Up on Osteoporosis
The National Osteoporosis Foundation

The number one introductory book I recommend about osteoporosis can't be found in bookstores.
(70 pages with illustrations; order from the National Osteoporosis Foundation; $3 per copy). This comprehensive handbook, revised 8/2000, reflects the latest scientific information on osteoporosis available today and is packed with everything you need to know in order to talk to your health care provider about maintaining healthy bones for life and reducing your fracture risk. This is a "must read" for every man or woman with osteoporosis; whose grandmother, mother, or sister has osteoporosis; or who is otherwise at increased risk for this condition.

The Osteoporosis Handbook: Every Woman's Guide to Prevention and Treatment.

Sydney Bonnick, MD


For more complete, in-depth osteoporosis information, I highly recommend Sydney Bonnick, MD's book.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Women's Health & Advocacy

Straight Talk on Women's Health: How to Get the Health Care You Deserve!
Janice Teal and Phyllis Schneider

This is the number one book I recommend about women's health and speaking with your physician. In fact, I liked it so much, I wrote the introduction for the book! Straight Talk on Women's Health provides many of the answers women are looking for. It offers readers access to a wealth of resources and further contacts.

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