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Women given car manual treatment
The front cover of the manual
A manual on obesity is now planned
After publishing manuals on cars, sex and babies, publisher Haynes is branching out again.

The Somerset-based company is bringing out a manual on women's health aimed at men titled 'Woman. All models, shapes, sizes and colours'.

Author Dr Ian Banks says it will help husbands and boyfriends better understand the women in their lives.

He said: "Man's insight into their own health is abysmal. When it comes to understanding women, it is worse."

"The health of men and women are linked: Married men live longer than single men, but unmarried women live longer than married women," he added.

Haynes became well-known for producing its straightforward manuals which explained to drivers how particular makes and models of cars worked, using step-by-step instructions and diagrams.

We are trying to get men to look more seriously at women's health
Dr Banks
The new manual follows the traditional formula, using fault-finding charts, technical illustrations and chapter headings such as Fuel and Exhaust to discuss subjects such as breast cancer, the menopause and PMT.

Dr Banks said: "It has got an element of tongue-in-cheek, but it is not patronising about women.

"We are trying to get men to look more seriously at women's health."

He said that in a survey of men, the majority thought chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, was a type of edible shellfish.

The manual also includes "trouble shooting" guides to answer common questions.

Dr Banks, a practising doctor, is now working on a Haynes manual on obesity.

The company has already published manuals in its inimitable style on sex, cancer and men's health.

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