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March 22/29, 2000

MenstruationThe Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Karen Houppert, 264 pp, with illus, $24, ISBN 0-374-27366-9, New York, NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(12):1622-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1622-JBK0322-2-1

Does the secrecy surrounding menstruation insulate the sanitary protection industry from adequate regulation? Are the shame and negative messages about menstruation a conspiracy by the menstrual hygiene industry to sell more pads and tampons? These are some of the questions addressed by The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation, which will be of interest to anyone concerned with woman's health, the relationship between industry and health, or the development of adolescent girls.

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