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The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women Hardcover – September 1, 1994


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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House (CA) (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897931610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897931618
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,011,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"The justification for interfering in well people's lives must be firmly established before it is acted upon," Coney states in her exploration of one of the hot topics of the '90s. With baby boomers reaching menopause, the author contends that modern medicine sees this as another area of life to be managed by an establishment steeped in negative stereotypes of menopausal women. Menopause, she says, is a natural part of life, not an illness, and it doesn't necessarily require medical intervention. A New Zealander involved in women's health issues for many years, Coney (Hysterectomy) examines menopause, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy and cervical and breast cancer screening programs, charting "medicine's discovery of the midlife woman." She shows that some medical interventions have been widely promoted before "the risks and drawbacks have been fully resolved"-a strategy she calls into question. This is a serious examination of many of the important health issues faced by midlife women, not a pop guide to getting through. Quotes from medical literature and from her many interviews illustrate and personalize her thesis. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Originally published in New Zealand, this book offers a unique view of menopause. Unlike Germaine Greer's The Pause (LJ 9/15/92), which addresses the broad social issues, and Eileen Nechas and Denise Foley's Unequal Treatment: What You Don't Know About How Women Are Mistreated by the Medical Community (LJ 4/1/94), which discusses the general medical neglect of women, Coney focuses on the way physicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers have changed menopause from a natural life transition into a disease requiring treatment. By labeling midlife women as estrogen-deficient, these professionals can intervene to prevent the consequences, necessitating medical visits, tests, and hormone therapy. The author notes that most women experience no difficulty with menopause and that the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease are exaggerated while those of long-term hormone replacement are understated. Illustrations from drug advertisements support her thesis. A fascinating book; highly recommended for all collections.
Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
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This book is really touchy... Made me cry in couple of places... Women and girls, this book is A MUST HAVE!!! It will explaine to you how you could be used by the ME and how to avoid it. Once again, after reading this touching book i admit - I'm proud to be a woman!
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