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Men's Health

  • By: Michael E. Galbraith & Courtney Lupia Blasi
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Health issues unique to men have been somewhat overlooked by the health care system. Though the term men's health started to appear in popular literature in the 1990s, men's health issues typically referred to prostate cancer, baldness, or impotence. Men historically have been used as the exemplar for human health and illness in many research studies. Yet it has been only recently that health issues specific to gender have been explored, with the majority of emphasis on women's health. A strength of gender-based health care is the ability to focus on important physiological and pathophysiological differences in how the bodies of women and men function uniquely. It also acknowledges that these differences impact virtually all bodily systems. In the 1960s and 1970s, the women's movement ...

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