New V book arrival06/13/2009 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Tags: amazon, books, communication, experts, female sexual dysfunction, FSD, health, media, medicine, pain, Sexuality, vaginas, vaginismus, vulvas, vulvodynia
Look what I just got!
I know you’re all jealous now.
(Probably not jealous of my nails though – I could really use a manicure.)
Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management. You can get a feel for what’s going on in here thanks to Google Books. Careful, some of the pages available for preview are not work safe.
I know I probably don’t need it. I’m a patient, not a doctor. I’m not in school anymore. Why am I buying a $120+ text book even though I am not in school? This has nothing to do with my major. This has nothing to do continuing education to further my career. This probably isn’t an inherently feminist book.
Yet I have a thing about collecting books that deal with sexual pain, particularly vulvodynia & related conditions. I have spent quite a pretty penny on out-of-print books before, just because they were on the NVA reading list. I want to know more. I want to know what’s available in the media. I want to know what doctors know. I want to know what regular people can know. I want to know what sources are being cited, so that I can find & then use those sources myself. God forbid if something new happens to me, I don’t want to be taken by surprise.
I haven’t read the whole thing yet so I cant give in-depth review or give any hints as to whether or not it would be of use to laypersons.
My initial impressions:
- The book has many photos & illustrations, yet most of the information is written down. Still text-heavy.
- I recognize a lot of the authors’ names. I’ve seen these doctors names get mentioned on the support communities & some have written other books. Yet some conspicuous doctors are missing. I wonder why that is?
- There are a lot of chapters. Lots of ground to cover, including but not limited to:
- Irritatable bowel syndrom (IBS)
- Interstitial cystitis (IC)
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Vulvodynia & vestibulodynia
- MORE – you may want to check the Google Books link since it lists the table of contents.
- These chapters are detailed & dedicated to each topic of interest. However,
- The chapters are all short, just a few pages long.
- The chapters all have a lot of footnotes & citations. I’m thinking if you wanted to get even more detail on a topic covered in a chapter, it might be worthwhile to investigate the sources cited.
So no judgements yet about how “Good” it is. I’m just excited about having it. I’ve got some high hopes – so let’s hope it does not disappoint. In any event, another refernece to add to my home library.