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Aging

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Family Planning

Healthy Living


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Aging

Aging Collection

About 1,500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Aging”. Some books: Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging, How a Man Ages, The New Science of Aging, Testing the Theories of Aging, Doctor’s Guide to Growing Older, Brain Health and Wellness, Problems of Aging, The Biology of Senescence, many more.

Caring for your Parents: The Complete Family Guide. Practical Advice You Can Trust from the Experts at AARP

Delehanty, Hugh
AARP 2008 Dewey Dec. 362.6

Drawing on AARP’s deep wellspring of expertise in the topic, AARP’s Caring for Your Parents offers both sensitive counsel and a practical road map through the complex emotional terrain many of us face as our parents age. Topics explored in depth run the gamut from locating quality health care and dealing with the bureaucracy of Medicare to avoiding consumer scams, organizing caregiving from afar, and planning the disposition of an estate. There are tips on designing your parents’ house to make it more elder-friendly, navigating the hidden dangers of assisted living, and dealing with the invisible sibling issue. A resource guide in each chapter lists help lines, websites, and consumer action groups. Aging parents — Care — Family relationships.

Senescence; The Last Half of Life

Hall, Granville Stanley
Appleton 1922 Dewey Dec. 612

Presents “the subjects of Old Age and Death from as many viewpoints as possible in order to show how the ignorant and the learned, the child, the adult, and the old, savage and civilized man, pagans and Christians, the ancient and the modern world, the representatives of various sciences, different individuals have viewed these problems, letting each class. . . speak for itself.”
– Foreword
“Rich in scholarship and personal experience, is a comprehensive review of the sum of human knowledge on this subject. . . All students of human nature will feel that this text is the gift of a mature mind to those who would struggle wisely to meet the problems of advancing age.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)

The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years after 50

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009 Dewey Dec. 305.26

In The Third Chapter, the renowned sociologist Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot offers a strong counterpoint to the murky ambivalence that shrouds our clear view of people in their third chapters. She challenges the still prevailing and anachronistic images of aging by documenting and revealing the ways in which the years between fifty and seventy-five may, in fact, be the most transformative and generative time in our lives, tracing the ways in which wisdom, experience, and new learning inspire individual growth and cultural transformation. The women and men whose voices fill the pages of The Third Chapter tell passionate and poignant stories of risk and vulnerability, failure and resilience, challenge and mastery, experimentation and improvisation, and insight and new learning. Old age — Social aspects — United States, Aging — Psychological aspects.

Author note: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard and the chair of the board of the MacArthur Foundation. As a sociologist, she examines the culture of schools, the patterns and structures of classroom life, socialization within families and communities, and the relationships between culture and learning styles.

The Clock of Ages: Why We Age– How We Age– Winding Back the Clock

Medina, John
Cambridge Univ 1996 Dewey Dec. 612

The inexorable march of time on our bodies begs an important question: why do we have to grow old? Written in everyday language, The Clock of Ages takes us on a tour of the ageing human body – all from a research scientist’s point of view. From the deliberate creation of organisms that live three times their natural span to the isolation of human genes that may allow us to do the same, The Clock of Ages also examines the latest discoveries in geriatric genetics. Sprinkled throughout the pages are descriptions of the aging of many historical figures, such as Florence Nightingale, Jane Austen, Bonaparte and Casanova.

Author note: John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist with special research interests in the isolation and characterization of genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. Wikipedia

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development

Vaillant, George E.
Little, Brown 2002 Dewey Dec. 305.26

“In an unprecedented series of studies, Harvard Medical School has followed 824 subjects-men and women, some rich, some poor- from their teens to old age. Harvard’s George Vaillant now uses these studies, the most complete ever done anywhere in the world, and the subjects’ individual histories to illustrate the factors involved in reaching a happy, healthy old age. He explains precisely why some people turn out to be more resilient than others, the complicated effects of marriage and divorce, negative personality changes, and how to live a more fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding life in the later years. He shows why a person’s background has less to do with their eventual happiness than the specific lifestyle choices they make. And he offers step-by-step advice about how each of us can change our lifestyles and age successfully. Sure to be debated on talk shows and in living rooms, Vaillant’s definitive and inspiring book is the new classic account of how we live and how we can live better.” -Publisher


Exercise & Diet

Physical Fitness Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Physical Fitness”. Some books: Your Guide to Getting Fit, Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance, Gentle Exercises for Better Health, The Silva Method: Think and Grow Fit, Mayo Clinic Fitness for Everybody, Walking for Fitness, Fitness and Wellness, Exercise for Everyday People, Choices in Health and Fitness for Life, many more.

Exercise for Women Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Exercise for Women. Some books: Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover, The 6-week Bikini Countdown, Look Great Naked, Totally Toned Arms, Wake Up and Live, Fashion Your Figure, Dancersize, The Complete Book of Abs for Women, Aerobics for Women, Women Sport and Performance, Women’s Weight Training Book, many more.

Weight Loss Collection

More than 1,300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Weight Loss. Some books: The Steak Lovers’ Diet, Thin for Life, Gentle Eating Workbook, Goodbye Fatty! Hello Skinny!, 5 Keys to Sensible Weight Loss, Living Without Dieting, Body Revival, 100 Best Weight-Loss Tips, Free of Dieting Forever, Losing Weight for Good, Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, many more.

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The New Calisthenics; a Manual of Health and Beauty

Pratt, Mara L., M.D.
Educational 1889 Dewey Dec. 613.7

Fully illustrated book of exercises for boys and girls.


Healthy Living

Health & Fitness – General Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Health & Fitness – General. Some books: Heal Your Skin, Complete Guide to Herbs, Calorie Guide to Brand Names & Basic Foods, Mastering Anxiety, 77 Ways to Beat Colds & Flu, Family Medical Journal, Earl Mindell’s Food as Medicine, Diet & Weight Control, 12 Day Body Shaping Miracle, The Allergy Bible, many more.

Healthy Living Collection

About 800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Healthy Living”. Some books: Healthy Living: 101 essential tips, Healthy Living with Diabetes, Essential Concepts for Healthy Living, Snacking Habits for Healthy Living, Teen Health, How to Keep Your Heart Healthy and Fit at any Age, Cooking for Healthy Living, Essential Environments, many more.

Women’s Health Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Women’s Health”. Some books: Improving Women’s Health in India, Our Health – Our Lives, Women’s Health, 20 Common Problems in Women’s Health Care, Women’s Health Encyclopedia, Women and Pain, The Menopause Book, Women Speak Out about their Health Care, A Woman Doctor’s Guide, many more.

The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about your Health

Davis, Robert J.
University of California 2008 Dewey Dec. 613

It happens every day: we pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the television and are bombarded with urgent advice about how to stay healthy. Lose weight! Lower your cholesterol! Early detection saves lives! Sunscreen prevents cancer! But in many cases, pronouncements we rarely think to question turn out to be half-truths that are being pushed by various individuals or groups to advance their own agendas. The Healthy Skeptic explores who these health promoters are—from journalists and celebrities to industry-funded groups and consumer activists—what their motives are, and how they are spinning us in ways we often don’t realize.
This treasure trove of little-known facts, written by a seasoned health reporter, provides invaluable tips, tools, and resources to help readers think more critically about what they’re being told.

The Johns Hopkins Medical Guide to Health after 50

Margolis, Simeon
Black Dog & Leventhal 2005 Dewey Dec. 613

The editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter Health After 50 present this indispensable medical guide covering more than 100 of the most common ailments associated with aging. Organized from A to Z by ailment, its concise language and clear presentation make it easy to use. Each ailment is covered in detail and includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, questions for your doctor, and more. The book’s 100 full-color illustrations and 20-page body atlas guide the reader simply through the body’s major systems and organs.

The Art of Right Living

Richards, Ellen Henrietta
Whitcomb 1904 Dewey Dec. 613

Not a manual of specific directions, but a brief survey of considerations which should influence eating, exercise, ventilation, sleep, amusement, work, environment. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-1911

The Cost of Cleanness

Richards, Ellen Henrietta
Wiley 1908 Dewey Dec. 613

Subtitle: “Cleanness, the state of being clean, a sanitary necessity of the Twentieth Century whatever it may cost.”
Practical study of the relation between public and private cleanliness and the cost of uncleanliness. Contains suggestions for finding out what the actual cost of keeping clean is. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-1911

Health Education

College of the Canyons
Independent 2018

“Readers will learn about the nature of health, health education, health promotion and related concepts. This will help to understand the social, psychological and physical components of health.” -Open Textbook Library Website

The Science of Living; or, The Art of Keeping Well.

Sadler, William Samuel
McClurg 1910 Dewey Dec. 613

Compendium in small compass of all the factors which may influence health—air, clothing, bathing, rest, sleep, worry, sanitation and nutrition. Its special value lies in its conciseness and in the table of food substances. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

What a Young Husband Ought to Know

Stall, Sylvanus
Stall 1899 Dewey Dec. 613

What a Young Woman Ought to Know

Wood-Allen, Mary, M.D.
Sylvanus Stall 1898 Dewey Dec. 613

From the “Self and Sex” series. Chapter headings are: 1. What are you Worth?, 2. Care of Body, 3. Food, 4. Sleep, 5. Breathing, 6. Hindrances to Breathing, 7. Added Injuries from Tight Clothing, 8. Exercise, 9. Bathing, 10. Creative Power, 11. Building Brains, 12. You are More than Body or Mind, 13. Special Physiology, 14. Becoming a Woman, 15. Artificialities of Civilized Life, 16. Some Causes of Painful Menstruation, 17. Female Diseases, 18. Care During Menstruation, 19. Solitary Vice, 20. Be Good to yourself, 21. Friendship Between Boys and Girls, 22. Friendship Between Girls, 23. Exercises, 24. Recreations, 25. Love, 26. Responsibility in Marriage, 27. The Law of Heredity, 28. Hereditary Effects of Alcohol, Tobacco, etc., 29. Effects of Immorality on the Race, 30. The Gospel of Heredity, 31. Requisites of a Husband, 32. Engagements, 33. The Wedding

Daily Ways to Health

Bishop, Emily Mulkin
Huebsch 1910 Dewey Dec. 613.7

Practical, untechnical book of hygienic advice, giving 35 special health exercises, without apparatus, intended to benefit directly special conditions, physical and mental. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
Touchstone 1998 Dewey Dec. 613

“… reflects the vital health concerns of women of diverse ages, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and sexual orientations. In these pages, women will find new information, resources, and personal support for the decisions that will shape their health – and their lives – from living a healthy life, to relationships and sexuality, to child-bearing, growing older, dealing with the medical system, and organizing for change. This is a book for women of all generations to use, to rely on, and to share with others.” Book cover.

The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health

Carlson, Karen J. et al.
Harvard 2004 Dewey Dec. 613

2004 updated edition. With original publication in 1996, “… women seeking answers to questions about their health had access to the combined expertise of physicians from three of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions … With complete information on women’s health concerns, physical and behavioral, this A to Z reference quickly became a definitive resource, praised especially for its coverage of topics not previously considered under the umbrella of women’s health. The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health reunites the authors to bring a valued health reference up to date for a new generation


Disease & Physical Ailments

Living with Disabilities Collection

About 160 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Living with Disabilities”. Some books: Living with Learning Disabilities, People with Disabilities, Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities, How Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities, Living with Deafness, Disabilities Sourcebook, Complete Directory for People with Disabilities, Guide to Independent Living for People with Arthritis, Living with the Disabled: you can help – a family guide, A Chronicle of Living with a Disability, many more.

Deafness Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Deafness. Some books: Teaching and Talking with Deaf Children, Sound Minds in a Soundless World, Raising Your Deaf Child, Deafness in Perspective, Through the Barriers of Deafness and Isolation, The Deaf Child in the Public Schools, Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, A Manual of Approximately 1,000 Signs Used by the Deaf of North America, many more.

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Children with Disabilities Collection

More than 500 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Children with Disabilities. Some books: How to Get Help for Your Disabled Child, A Guide for the Special Needs Child, Medical Problems of Students with Special Needs, Special Children – Challenged Parents, Reflections on Growing Up Disabled, Assessment in Special Education, Emerging Trends in Family Support and Early Intervention, many more.

Chronic Illness Collection

About 280 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Chronic Illness”. Some books: Living with Chronic Illness, Chronic Illness during Childhood and Adolescence: psychological aspects, Sex Love and Chronic Illness, Managed Care in Chronic Illness, Resource Guide to Children with Disabilities and Chronic Illness, Understanding the Child with a Chronic Illness in the Classroom, Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability, many more.

Eating Disorders Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Eating Disorders. Some books: Coping with Eating Disorders, Anatomy of a Food Addiction, Compulsive Eating: the struggle to feed the hunger inside, Experimental Therapies for Eating Disorders, Programs for Recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Obesity, and other Appetite Disorders, Eating Disorders: new directions in treatment and recovery, Recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Overeating, Eating Disorders Sourcebook, many more.

Terminally Ill Collection

More than 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Terminally Ill. Some books: The Needs of the Dying, Dialogues with the Grieving and the Dying the Healing and the Healed, Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, Working with the Dying and the Grieving, The Rights of the Critically Ill, Medical Care of the Soul, Notes on Living Until We Say Goodbye, many more.

Pain Collection

More than 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Pain. Some books: The Active Person’s Guide to Understanding Identifying and Treating Pain and Injury, The Treatment of Pain, Freedom from Chronic Pain, The Path to Pain Control, A Physician’s Guide to improving Pain Management through Better Communication, Over 1,000 Quick & Easy Pain Remedies, Fibromyalgia Basics, Shoulder Pain, Pain Sourcebook, Alternative Answers to Pain, many more.

Cancer Collection

About 140 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Diseases – Cancer”. Some books: Cancer Therapies: awesome new advances, Cancer Supportive Care: a comprehensive guide, How to Conquer the Pain Caused by Cancer & Cancer Treatment, After Prostrate Cancer, A Manual for the Prevention of Cancer, Advances in Cancer Research, Colon Cancer, Cancer: what causes it, what doesn’t, Understanding Cancer, My Cancer Year, many more.

Heart Disease Collection

About 350 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Heart Disease. Some books: Heart Disease and Rehabilitation, Cooking for a Healthy Heart, Lecture Notes on Cardiology, Heart Disease: a guide to regaining control over your health and well-being, The Women’s Heart Book, How to Fight Heart Disease and Win, Preventing Heart Disease: what every woman should know, Cleveland Clinic Heart Book, 21 Days to a Healthy Heart, many more.

Alzheimer’s Collection

Over 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Alzheimer’s Disease”. Some books: Mayo Clinic Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s in America, What You Need to Know about Alzheimer’s, Finding a Path to Peace through Alzheimer’s, Preventing Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s Early Stages, Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease, many more.

Mentally Ill Collection

About 450 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Mentally Ill. Some books: When Someone You Love has a Mental Illness, A History of the Care of America’s Mentally Ill, Working with Families of the Mentally Ill, The Caring Family: living with chronic mental illness, Mending Wounded Minds: seeking help for a mentally ill child, How to Live with a Mentally Ill Person, Psychological Disorders of Children: a handbook for primary care physicians, many more.

My Stroke of Luck

Douglas, Kirk
Morrow 2002 Dewey Dec. 362.1

In this vivid and very personal reflection upon his extraordinary life as an actor, author, and legend in his own time, Kirk Douglas offers a candid and heartfelt memoir of where it all went right in his life — even after suffering a debilitating stroke. Revealing not only the incredible physical and emotional toll of his stroke but how it has changed his life for the better, Douglas shares the lessons that saved him and helped him to heal. Alongside his heartfelt advice and insight, he also recalls warm memories of some of the most famous figures of our time — including Burt Lancaster, Michael J. Fox, and Gary Cooper — as well as others who have soared to greatness in the face of adversity.

Author note: Kirk Douglas (1916-2020) has been a Hollywood legend for more than half a century. His eighty-three films include The Bad and the Beautiful and Lust for Life. In addition, his company, Bryna, has produced such classics as Spartacus. Douglas has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the President, as well as numerous other awards and honors.

The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight against AIDS

Epstein, Helen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007 Dewey Dec. 362.1

The Invisible Cure is an account of Africa’s AIDS epidemic from the inside–a revelatory dispatch from the intersection of village life, government intervention, and international aid. Helen Epstein left her job in the US in 1993 to move to Uganda, where she began work on a test vaccine for HIV. Once there, she met patients, doctors, politicians, and aid workers, and began exploring the problem of AIDS in Africa through the lenses of medicine, politics, economics, and sociology. Amid the catastrophic failure to reverse the epidemic, she discovered a village-based solution that could prove more effective than any network of government intervention and international aid, an intuitive response that calls into question many of the fundamental assumptions about the AIDS in Africa. Medical / AIDS & HIV.

Sleep with the Angels: A Mother Challenges AIDS

Fisher, Mary
Moyer Bell 1994 Dewey Dec. 362.1

Diagnosed HIV-positive in 1991, Mary Fisher is the founder of the Family AIDS Network and a well-known AIDS activist, speaking to thousands of people, including the audience of the 1992 Republican National Convention. This collection of Fisher’s frequently quoted speeches from her first year in public life includes her assessment of this country’s moral response to the epidemic. AIDS (Disease) — Social aspects — United States, Medical / AIDS & HIV.

A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson’s Disease

Havemann, Joel
Johns Hopkins Univ. 2002 Dewey Dec. 362.1

“I’m flat on my back on a couch that’s too short in a windowless room in the bureau. I can’t even sit at a computer, much less make a keyboard work. My arms and legs are shaking uncontrollably. Although I am only 53 years old, I have already been struggling with Parkinson’s disease for seven years. And right now the disease is winning.” So begins Joel Havemann’s account of the insidious disease that is Parkinson’s. Into his own story, Havemann weaves accessible explanations of how Parkinson’s disrupts the brain’s circuitry, how symptoms are managed through drugs and surgery, and how people cope with the disease’s psychological challenges. Medical / Neurology, Parkinson’s disease.

A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing

Price, Reynolds
Hall 1994 Dewey Dec. 362.1

In 1984 a large cancer was discovered n [the author’s] spinal cord (“The tumor was pencil-thick and gray-colored, ten inches long from my neck-hair downward”). Here, for the first time, Price recounts without self-pity what became a long struggle to withstand and recover from this appalling, if all too common, affliction (one American in three will experience some form of cancer). He charts the first puzzling symptoms; the urgent surgery that fails to remove the growth and the radiation that temporarily arrests it (but hurries his loss of control of his lower body); the occasionally comic trials of rehab; the steady rise of severe pain and reliance on drugs; two further radical surgeries; the sustaining force of a certain religious vision; an eventual discovery of help from biofeedback and hypnosis; and the miraculous return of his powers as a writer in a new, active life.

Author note: Reynolds Price (1933-2011), born Edward Reynolds Price in Macon, North Carolina, was an American poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University.

And the Band Played On

Shilts, Randy
St. Martin’s 2000 Dewey Dec. 362.1

By the time Rock Hudson’s death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments.
Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation’s welfare; health authorities placed political expediency before the public health; and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives. Against this backdrop, Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics, public health and the gay community, who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced. And the Band Played On is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly. AIDS (Disease) — Political aspects — United States — Social aspects.

Disabilities Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information about Disabilities that Affect the Body, Mind, and Senses …

Sutton, Amy L.
Omnigraphics 2011 Dewey Dec. 362.4

“Provides basic consumer health information about physical, cognitive, emotional, and sensory disabilities, along with facts about assistive technologies and other tools and services to foster independence, and guidance for families on educational, legal, and financial concerns. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources. Learning disabled children — Handbooks.


Family Planning

Family Planning Collection

About 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Family Planning”. Some books: Chinese Approaches to Family Planning, Family Planning and Population Control, Manual of Family Planning and Contraceptive Practice, the Complete Guide to Fertility & Family Planning, Pregnancy Birth & Family Planning, Broadcasting Birth Control: mass media and family planning, Family Planning: a guide for exploring the issues, many more.

Birth Control Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Birth Control. Some books: Birth Control Politics in the U.S. 1916-1945, Birth Control, Contraception and Holiness: the Catholic predicament, Family Planning in an Exploding Population, The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, Everything You Need to Know about Birth Control, Foolproof Birth Control: male and female sterilization, Family Planning in Taiwan: an experiment in social change, many more.

Abortion Collection

About 1,100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Abortion”. Some books: World Issues: Abortion, Ethical Debates: Abortion, Abortion: violence & extremism, The Abortion Controversy, Should Abortion be Legal?, The Politics of Abortion, Psychiatric Aspects of Abortion, Abortion: opposing viewpoints, The Abortion Resource Handbook, Pro: reclaiming abortion rights, Abortion questions & answers, many more.

The Abortion Controversy

Almond, Lucinda
Greenhaven 2007 Dewey Dec. 363

The debate over whether or not abortion should be a legal option continues to divide Americans long after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision on Roe v. Wade declared the procedure a fundamental right. The essays in this anthology provide contrasting views on the abortion controversy and are sourced from a number of organizations including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Life and Liberty Ministries, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. A question-and-response format prompts readers to evaluate complex topics from multiple angles. Abortion — Moral and ethical aspects.

When Abortion was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973

Reagan, Leslie J.
Univ. of California 1999 Dewey Dec. 363.4

The linking of the words “abortion” and “crime” emphasizes the difficult and painful history that is the focus of Leslie J. Reagan’s important book. Her study is the first to examine the entire period during which abortion was illegal in the United States, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and ending with Roe v. Wade in 1973. Although illegal, millions of abortions were provided during these years to women of every class, race, and marital status. The experiences and perspectives of these women, as well as their physicians and midwives, are movingly portrayed here.
Reagan traces the practice and policing of abortion. While abortions have been typically portrayed as grim “back alley” operations, she finds that abortion providers often practiced openly and safely. Moreover, numerous physicians performed abortions, despite prohibitions by the state and the American Medical Association. Women often found cooperative practioners, but prosecution, public humiliation, loss of privacy, and inferior medical care were a constant threat. Abortion Services — History — United States, Abortion — Law and legislation — United States.

Safe, Legal, and Unavailable?: Abortion Politics in the United States

Rose, Melody
CQ 2007 Dewey Dec. 363.4

Paying respect to all views of this controversial topic in her engaging new book, Rose explores the success of the right-to-life movement in accumulating local and national policies that restrict access to abortion while enhancing fetal protections. In addition to a basic and brief primer on the practice and history of abortion, Rose considers the roles played by the courts, political parties, and interest groups in constructing barriers to abortion. With an examination of public opinion poll data and a look at both state and national statutory prohibitions on abortion, Rose also shows how powerful language wars have resulted in material policy alterations. Abortion — United States — Law and legislation — Political aspects, Political Science / Political Freedom.

Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes

Tribe, Lawrence H.
Norton 1991 Dewey Dec. 363.4

The abortion debate in the United States today involves all Americans in complex questions of sex and power, historical change, politics, advances in medicine, and competing social values. In this best-selling book, an eminent constitutional authority shows how the nation has struggled with these questions and then sets forth new approaches that reflect both sides’ passionately held convictions. United States — Government policy — Moral and ethical aspects — Law and legislation, Social Science / Abortion & Birth Control.

Family Planning Sourcebook

Keyzer, Amy Marcaccio, ed.
Omnigraphics 2001 Dewey Dec. 363.9

Basic consumer health information about planning for pregnancy and contraception, including traditional methods, barrier methods, hormonal methods, permanent methods, future methods, emergency contraception, and birth control choices for women at each stage of life. Birth control — United States.

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

May, Elaine Tyler
Basic 2010 Dewey Dec. 363.9

In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as ”the pill.” Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning – it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. From little-known accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did not achieve during its half century on the market. Birth control — History — United States.

Author note: Elaine Tyler May is the Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. The award-winning author of five books is also the former president of the American Studies Association.

Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America

Tone, Andrea
Hill and Wang 2011 Dewey Dec. 363.9

From thriving black market to big business, the commercialization of birth control in the United States
In Devices and Desires, Andrea Tone breaks new ground by showing what it was really like to buy, produce, and use contraceptives during a century of profound social and technological change. A down-and-out sausage-casing worker by day who turned surplus animal intestines into a million-dollar condom enterprise at night; inventors who fashioned cervical caps out of watch springs; and a mother of six who kissed photographs of the inventor of the Pill — these are just a few of the individuals who make up this riveting story. Birth control — History — United States.