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March 12, 1955


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209 W. 34th St. Covington, Ky.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):946. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280070022

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To the Editor:—  Dr. J. E. McFarland's letter to the Editor in The Journal of Nov. 27, 1954, page 1273, prompts a reply because he voices some ideas that are not practiced by a large number of doctors in 1955. If a patient definitely has symptoms due to the menopause, hormonal therapy can successfully be carried out with oral medication. I have not seen it fail. I have not had to use a needle for many years, since the first adequate preparation for oral medication has been available. Oral medication is successful, inexpensive, and easily controlled as to dosage and withdrawal. Needle therapy is therefore unnecessary, since it is expensive, wastes the patient's and doctor's time, is hurtful, and often supplies the patient with a masochistic weapon to be used on her family.The use of the needle also has many aspects in medicine that are dangerous and will always

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