SOCIAL SCIENCES

The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

Praeger: ABC-CLIO. 2 vols. May 2019. 580p. ed. by ed. by Jason S. Schneider & others. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313395659. $110; ebk. ISBN 9780313395666. REF
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Schneider (Sch. of Medicine, Emory Univ., Atlanta), Vincent M.B. Silenzio (family medicine, psychiatry, and community and preventative medicine, Univ. of Rochester), and psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth, along with more than 40 contributors—all members of the health care and/or LGBT community—focus on the psychosocial aspects of LGBT identity. The first volume covers social issues and health promotion, such as the politics of LGBT health and public health, while the second concentrates on health issues and global challenges. The most useful chapters for health care professionals concern LGBT elders, parenting/family life, and preventive health. Chapters include tables, sidebars, endnotes, bibliographies, and occasional footnotes. Unfortunately, uneven writing will discourage general nonmedical readers, as some chapters filled with technical jargon sound dense and academic while others flow easily and smoothly. Some chapters contain introductory information appropriate for general readers but will be of limited interest to health care professionals, as diagnosis, management, and assessment are not addressed. Each stand-alone volume contains its own detailed index complete with see-also references.
VERDICT Despite some flaws, this volume is a nice supplement to Abbie E. Goldberg’s The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies and expands on Kevin L. Nadal’s The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. It will be useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice.

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