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Ratcliff, Kathryn Strother, ed.  Healing Technology: Feminist Perspectives. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1989.

Ruzek, Sheryl Burt et al. Women’s Health: Complexities and Differences. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1997. 

White, Evelyn C., ed. The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994.  

Worcester, Nancy and Mariamne H. Whatley, eds. Women's Health: Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2004. 

Breast Cancer:

Batt, Sharon. Patient No More: The Politics of Breast Cancer. Ragweed Press, 1994.

Clorfene-Casten, Liane. Breast Cancer: Poisons, Profits and Prevention. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1996. 
A revealing discussion of the corporate connection to pollution. 

Davis, Vicki L. et al. “Effects of Black Cohosh on Mammary Tumor Development and Progression in MMTV-neu Transgenic Mice.” American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. July 11-14, 2003; Washington, D.C., abstract #R910.

DeGregorio, Michael W. and Valerie J. Wiebe. Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer: What Everyone Should Know About the Treatment of Breast Cancer. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.

Gofman, John and Egan O’Connor. Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story of a Major, Proven, Preventable Cause of This Disease. Committee for Nuclear Responsibility, 1996.

Kasper, Anne S. and Susan J. Ferguson, eds. Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Leopold, Ellen. A Darker Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Beacon Press, 1999.

Lerner, Barron H. MD. The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Lorde, Audre. The Cancer Journals. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1980.
Important testimony of a lesbian feminist poet’s personal and political reckoning with breast cancer and mastectomy. 

Lorde, Audre. Burst of Light. Ann Arbor, MI: Firebrand Books, 1988.

Love, Susan M., Karen Lindsey and Marcia Williams. Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, 3rd ed. Harpercollins, 2000.

Mayer, Musa. Examining Myself: One Woman’s Story of Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery. New York: Faber & Faber, 1994.

Mayer, Musa. Holding Tight, Letting Go: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly and Associates, 1997.

McTiernan, Anne et al. Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Middlebrook, Christina. Seeing the Crab: A Memoir of Dying. New York: Basic Books, 1996.

Rinzler, Carol. Estrogen & Breast Cancer: A Warning to Women. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1993.

Swirsky, Joan and Diane Sakett Nannery. Coping With Lymphedema. Wayne, NJ: Avery Publishing Group, 1998.

Cervical Cancer:

Brinton, Louise A., D.A. Savitz and K.W. Andrews, eds. “Occupation and Cervical Cancer.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. March 1995; 37:3: 357-61.  

Coney, Sandra. The Unfortunate Experiment. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.

National Cancer Institute. What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Cervix
Available from the Office of Cancer Communications
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(800) 4-CANCER


Ballweg, Mary Lou, and The Endometriosis AssociationEndometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 2003.

Heart Disease

Wenger, Nanette Kass and Peter Collins. Women and Heart Disease. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2005. 


National Institute on Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Handout on Health.  Bethesda, MD: National Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Emery, P. and M. Suarez-Alamazor. “Musculoskeletal Disorders: Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Clinical Evidence. July 2002.

Suomi, R. and D. Collier. “Effects of arthritis exercise programs on functional fitness and perceived activies of daily living measures in older adults with arthritis.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil. November 2003; 84:11: 1589-94.


Johnson, Hillary. Osler’s Web: Inside the Labrynth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.

Munson, Peggy, ed. Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Haworth Press, Inc., 2000.


Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster
Information about book and tape teaching relaxation and visualization techniques to minimize anxiety, pain, blood loss, use of pain medication and shorten recovery time.  Includes links to studies showing the effectiveness of such preparation.  Author Peggy Huddleston gives workshops nationwide. 


Carmichael, Alexandra. Vulvodynia Heroes:190 Women Share Their Experiences and Treatments. Cure Together, 2009. More info.

Glazer, Howard I. and Rodke Gae. The Vulvodynia Survival Guide. New Harbinger Publications, 2002.  

Stewart, Elizabeth G. and Paul Spencer. The V Book. Bantam, 2002.
Incredible book covering all vulvovaginal problems, including vulvodynia.


Sanson, Gillian. The Myth of Osteoporosis. Ann Arbor: Century Publications, 2003

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