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Health and illness : a cross-cultural encyclopedia

by Levinson, David, 1947-

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) r R733.L477 1997
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
Call Number  r R733.L477 1997
Molly has arrived home from Vassar to reveal that she has an important announcement to make. Her mother, Suzanne, is convinced that Molly's news is history repeating herself — and that she's about to become a thirty-six-year-old grandmother. Suzanne's mother, Ava, develops a case of impending great-grandmother fever—that is, when she's not spying on the new next-door neighbor, Buddy McKinley, who turns out to be a blast from her past.

Decades earlier, Buddy was the business partner of Ava's late husband, as well as his best friend during the Vietnam War. Ava feels she has good reasons for hating Buddy—she blames him for the fall of their business, an Irish pub that was a staple of the community. The loss not only destroyed her husband but also pushed her headfirst into the vodka bottle.

Suzanne eventually finds out that Buddy and Ava's past goes back much further than either has admitted. She begins to wonder whether Ava truly hates Buddy, or whether her feelings are much more complicated, as are her own when Molly announces that she's not pregnant, but gay.

Based on the award-winning play, She Effin' Hates Me is about three women relearning to love one another for who they are … and more importantly, for who they're not.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This one-volume reference, part of a series entitled Encyclopedias of the Human Experience, provides descriptions of three different but interrelated health-care approaches: biomedicine (conventional), alternative and complementary, and traditional (folk). It is intended to describe health and illness around the world, with an emphasis on health care in non-Western cultures as well as the use of non-Western health-care approaches in Western cultures. Forty health-related topics are listed in the table of contents; examples of entries include acupuncture, environmental disasters, genital mutilation, herbal medicine, magnet therapy, suicide, and yoga. Topical essays, which are arranged alphabetically, range from 2 to 12 pages in length. Because many of the essays describe cross-cultural issues in health and illness, five maps of the various regions of the world are included at the beginning of the book to show approximate locations of the cultures mentioned in the text. Some black-and-white illustrations are also included. In addition to a brief list of references following each essay, an extensive bibliography precedes the index. The index includes more than 700 subjects that are mentioned within the text. This work reflects current trends in Western health care, where many people are seeking complementary or alternative approaches to biomedicine. It is a useful resource, especially in providing cultural and historical insights into the various health-care options practiced around the world. The authors are careful to state that they are not advocating any one health-care approach; rather, they have prepared this work as an informative piece on various medical practices, compiled from a cross-cultural perspective. The book would be a valuable addition to any library reference collection serving adults who are interested in these topics."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Encyclopedias of the human experience.
Subjects Alternative medicine -- Encyclopedias, Juvenile.
Traditional medicine -- Encyclopedias, Juvenile.
Alternative medicine -- Encyclopedias.
Traditional medicine -- Encyclopedias.
Publisher Santa Barbara, Calif. :ABC-CLIO,1997
Contributors Gaccione, Laura.
Language English
Description xvi, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-239) and index.
ISBN 0874368766 (alk. paper)
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