Bibliographies from Smithsonian Institution Libraries


Originally created for a Women's History Month program in March 1998 and updated in 1999. Each entry includes the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) branch location and SIL call number. Smithsonian Institution (SI) staff may request copies of chapters or portions of these publications. The books listed here come from the collections of six branches of SIL: the National Museum of African Art Branch (AFA), Anacostia Museum Branch (ANAC), the National Museum of American History Branch (NMAH), the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Branch (CHNDM), the Smithsoniana Collection of Central Research Services (CRLSSI), and the employee assistance collection of the Central Reference and Loan Services Branch (CRLS). Entries from the National Portrait Gallery Library are also included.

Viewers outside the Smithsonian Institution may search the online library catalog at for details about these works. For Internet viewers, check your local public library for availability of these titles.

Adams, Diane L., M.D., ed., Health Issues for Women of Color: a Cultural Diversity Perspective, Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, Inc., 1995, 290 pp. (RA564.86 H43 1995X ANAC).
This is a book by and about women which underscores the idea that all women can find solutions to problems and improve their own health. Women of color currently have a lower, general health status than middle-class white women. Health research about women has historically been neglected. We lack data on the correlation of mortality and morbidity with race and culture. Domestic violence, a major health problem, is also covered here.

Blending Genders: Social Aspects of Cross-Dressing and Sex Changing, Richard Elkins and Dave King, eds., London, New York: Routledge, 1996, 257 pp. (HQ77.9.B54 1996X NMAH).

Transsexualism, transvestism, and sex roles. Includes bibliographical references, pp. 229-243, and an index.

Brooks, Geraldine, Nine Parts of Desire: the Hidden World of Islamic Women, New York, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1995, 255 pp. (HQ1170.B76 1995X AfA).

Ms. Brooks was a Middle Eastern correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for several years. She features Eastern, rather than Western Muslim women, with anecdotal comments on their everyday lives.

Caring for the Caregiver: a Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease, sponsored by Parke-Davis, Morris Plains, N. J.: Parke Davis, 1994, unpaginated (RC523.C27 1994 CRLS).

This book will be useful for any caregiver. A glossary and a chapter on law and finances are included...also a very practical "Caregiver's Bill of Rights."

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: an Integrative Approach to Evaluation and Treatment, Mark A. Demitrack and Susan E. Abbey, eds., New York, N.Y.: Guilford Press, 1996, 317 pp. (RB150. F37C474 1996X CRLS).

Twelve contributors here represent the fields of medicine, psychology, neurology and infectious diseases. CFS is a controversial, multifaceted disease that is still not well understood.

Corea, Gena, Invisible Epidemic: the Story of Women and AIDS, New York, N.Y.: HarperCollins, 1992, 356 pp. (RA644.A25C665 1992X NMAH).

Gena Corea is an investigative reporter and Associate Director of the Institute on Women and Technology. She provides a feminist perspective on the AIDS crisis.

DePace, Nicholas L. and Steven K. Dowinsky, with Michele Sherman, Heart Repair Manual: the Philadelphia Formula Program for Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis, New York, N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993, 290 pp. (RC685.C6D452 1993X CRLS).

The suggestions of two Philadelphia cardiologists are both preventative and curative of coronary heart disease. The program is suitable for both men and women. Bibliographical references may be found on pp. 267-280.
Doyal, Lesley, What Makes Women Sick: Gender and the Political Economy of Health, New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995, 280 pp. (RA564.85.D69 1995X NMAH).
The political and social aspects of women's health services, health, and hygiene. Sexism in medicine. Bibliographical references pp. 234-265, plus an index, add to the value of the book.

Fried, Stephen B. and G. Ann Schultis, The Best Self-Help and Self Awareness Books: A Topic-by-Topic Guide to Quality Information, Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association, 1995, 294 pp. (BF632.F7 1995X CRLS).

The authors are a psychologist and an experienced reference librarian. They provide down-to-earth advice on choosing high quality self-help books. They also provide specific titles in various categories as examples of authoritative works.

Heywood, Leslie, Bodymakers: a Cultural Anatomy of Women's Body Building, New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1998, 224 pp. (GV546.6.W64H49 1998X NMAH).

Aesthetics of women's bodybuilding, women in popular culture, feminist theory. Some provocative chapter titles are, "Hard Times: the Pornographic and the Pathetic in Women's Bodybuilding Photography," "Loving Mr. Hyde: Rethinking Monstrosity," "American Girls, Raised on Promises: Why Women Build," and "Why I Prefer Henry Rollins to Beck."

Huber, Jeffrey T., HIV/AIDS Community Information Services: Experiences in Serving Both At-Risk and HIV-Infected Populations, (Haworth Medical Information Sources Series), Binghampton, N.Y.: Haworth Press, 1996, 144 pp. (RA644.A25H83 1996X CRLS).

This author focuses on the "complex nature" of the epidemic, HIV/AIDS information, resources and services. The coverage of electronic resources is extensive. The four sections appended are: "Case Definition of AIDS," "AIDS Classification Systems," "Internet Resource Sites," and "Organization Information."
Inlander, Charles B. and the staff of the People's Medical Society, Consumer's Medical Desk Reference: Information Your Doctor Can't or Won't Tell You--everything you need to know for the best in health care, New York, NY: Stonesong Press, Inc.,1995, 656 pp. (RC81.I46 1995X CRLSRF).
The People's Medical Society is a nonprofit consumer health advocacy organization. They have sponsored this book with massive amounts of information on everything from diseases and first aid care to hospitals, procedures, medications, equipment, insurance and government resources. Personal medical and legal rights are also covered.

Johnston, William I., HIV- Negative: How the Uninfected are Affected by AIDS, New York, N.Y.: Insight Books (Plenum Press), 1995, 332 pp. (RC607.A26J654 1995X CRLS).

This is about the social and emotional factors of living as a "disaster survivor." This book is useful to anyone, although it is aimed primarily at men.

Kalichman, Seth C., Understanding AIDS: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association, 1995, 421 pp. (RC607.A26K356 1995X CRLS).

Kalichman is a psychologist associated with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Center for AIDS Intervention Research. This may well be the most comprehensive, single volume work on the market today.

Kandall, Stephen R., Substance and Shadow: Women and Addiction in the United States, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996, 353 pp. (HV5824.W6K35 1996X NMAH).

Kandall, a physician, has gone back to the 1850s and examined the use of psychoactive substances by women, medical treatment and community reaction to addiction over time.

Kapsalis, Terri, Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1997, 216 pp. (RG103.K37 1997X NMAH).

From a synopsis by the editor: "The quintessential examination of women, gynecology is not simply the study of women's bodies--." "From J. Marion Sims's surgical experiments on unanesthetized slave women in the mid-19th century to the use of cadavers and prostitutes to teach medical students gynecological techniques, Kapsalis focuses on the ways in which women and their bodies have been treated by the medical establishment." 34 photos. Kapsalis is a health educator, performer and scholar. Her sources are medical and history books, clinics, popular films, and performance art.

Leavitt, Judith Walzer, Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750 to 1950, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1986, 284 pp. (RG518.U5L4 1986X NMAH).

This is a scholarly history of obstetrics and childbirth in the U.S.A. over a period of two hundred years. Extensive bibliography on pp. 219 through 261.

Lesbian Almanac, compiled by the National Museum & Archive of Lesbian and Gay History, New York, N.Y.: Berkley Books, 1996, 534 pp., (HQ75.6.U5L35 1996X CRLS).

"The most comprehensive book of its kind." Includes national directories of lesbian and gay centers, organizations and resources. Up-to-date statistics, lesbian literature, quotes by and about lesbians, famous gay women. Art, business, culture, education, health and medicine, political and social activism, legal issues.

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 25 Years of Women's Studies History, Women's Studies Quarterly, vol. 25 (1997). Liza Fiol-Matta, ed., New York, N.Y.: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1997, 459 pp. (HQ1181.U5L66 1997 NPG).

This volume contains a selection of articles reprinted from the pages of Women's Studies Quarterly (and Women's Studies Newsletter) from the journal's inception in 1972 to today, as well as several previously unpublished essays.

Lowe, Maria R., Women of Steel: Female Bodybuilders and the Struggle for Self-Definition, New York, N.Y.: New York University Press, 1998, 272 pp. (GV546.6.W64L69 1998X NMAH).

Psychology, sociology, and physiology of women involved in bodybuilding and weight training. Lowe interviewed more than a hundred people, from bodybuilders to those around them.

Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office, Lupton, Ellen and Nancy Aakre, eds., New York, N.Y.: Princeton Architectural Press, 1993, 64 pp. (HQ1420.L87 1993X CRLSSI, NMAH, CHM, and CHRef).

This small colorful book was actually a catalog for a show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. The design and advertising of "women's tools," or the sociology of technology in the home.

Norwood, Chris, Advice for Life: a Woman's Guide to AIDS Risks and Prevention (A National Woman's Health Network Guide), New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books, 1987, 172 pp. (RC607.A26N67 1987X CRLS).

This book debunks the fallacy that AIDS is not really a heterosexual disease. Personal prevention, public imperatives, education and testing. Drugs, prostitution, blood donation. Symptoms and transmission of the virus.

Oral Narrative Research with Black Women, Kim Marie Vaz, ed. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1997, 266 pp. (HQ1185.O73 1997X ANAC).

Biographical methods, research methodology, and qualitative techniques in the sociological studies of black women. Chapters are penned by fourteen scholars. Includes bibliographical references.

Porcino, Jane, Growing Older, Getting Better: a Handbook for Women in the Second Half of Life, Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1983, 364 pp. (HQ1154.P647 1983X CRLS).

Upbeat author, Ph.D. gerontologist, wife, and mother of seven presents a comprehensive sourcebook for women over the age of 40. Family and personal transitions, changing bodies, changing lives.

Rosser, Sue Vilhauer, Women's Health–Missing from U. S. Medicine, (Race, Gender, and Science Series), Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1994, 213 pp. (RA564.85.R67 1994X NMAH).

Sexism in medicine in the U.S.A. The study, practice, and teaching of women's health. Bibliographical references on pp. 193-209.

Ryan, Frank, Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis was Won and Lost, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown & Comp., Ltd., 1993, 460 pp. (RC310.R9 1993X CRLS).

TB, or tuberculosis, and the bacillus which causes it were thought to be almost extinct just a few years ago. The disease has been making a comeback in a new and more virulent form. Sources and references are appended on pp. 421-449.

Silverstein, Alvin, Virginia and Robert, Diabetes, Hillside, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, Inc., (Diseases and People Series), 1994, 130 pp. (RC660.5.S55 1994X CRLS).

Both Type I and Type II of the "Sugar Disease" are profiled and discussed. Straightforward comments on testing, treating and living with diabetes are provided. A basic index, a glossary, sources for further information and reading are appended. Parents and son authors present the "basics."

Wertz, Richard W. and Dorothy C. Wertz, Lying-in: a History of Childbirth in America, Expanded edition, New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989, 322 pp. (RG518.U5D66X NMAH).

Authors Wertz present a scholarly history of American obstetrics. A bibliographic essay appears on pp. 304-314.

Wings of Gauze: Women of Color and the Experience of Health and Illness, Barbara Bair and Susan E. Cayleff, eds., Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 1993, 393 pp. (RA564.86.W55 1993X NMAH).

Anthology on health and illness as experienced by women of color in the United States. To see the titles of every chapter and the author, look at SIRIS, the SIL online catalog, at Search the title, "Wings of Gauze...." and enter "lon" for the long entry.

Women, Health and Medicine in America: a Historical Handbook, Rima D. Apple, ed. (Garland Reference Library of the Social Sciences, vol. 483), New York, N.Y.: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1990, 580 pp., (RA564.85.W664 1990X NMAH).

Women's health, female health practitioners, and the changing views of society.

Amy E. Levin
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Updated May 1999

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