By Jacqueline L. Wolf, MD, Harlequin, $16.95, 259 pages

10Any woman suffering with stomach or bowel “issues” should consider A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Stomach: Taking Control of Your Digestive Health by Dr. Jacqueline L. Wolf. Reading this guidebook is like having a gastroenterologist for a best friend. Each chapter addresses a different concern and is set-up in a simple Q&A format addressing how your digestive system functions and what goes awry when it malfunctions. Dr. Wolf includes important warning signs to watch for and important tips, such as diet modifications and medications, to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function. Also included is a very thorough glossary of terms, and descriptions of diagnostic tests. For those quietly suffering, there is a list of resources for further information and support. Lastly, the index ensures the reader can quickly locate topics. You will be an informed and active participant in your gastrointestinal health after reading this guide.

Reviewed by Julie Finley