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March 12, 1955

Menstruation und innere Medizin

JAMA. 1955;157(11):975. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280099043

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An astonishing wealth of facts about menstruation as related to health and disease is packed into this remarkable book. An introductory part summarizes the physiology and pathology of menstruation and the composition of the menstrual discharge. The second part discusses the effects of the adrenarche, the menarche, menstruation, and the menopause on the various organ systems and functional centers of the body. This section in particular contains an immense amount of up-to-date information about the changes in the blood, circulatory system, metabolism and nutritional status, ductless glands, musculature, nervous system, skin, mucosas, etc. The third part takes up seriatim the degenerative and infectious diseases whose onset is affected or whose symptoms are modified by menstruation. The fourth part discusses the effects of drugs, especially hormones, on the menstrual cycle. The author notes that every disease that has any significant relation to menstruation is likely to be affected, favorably or otherwise,

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