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August 31, 1940

Transition Years: The Modern Approach to "the Change" in Woman-hood

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By Joseph Rety, M.D. Cloth. Price, $1.75. Pp. 168, with one illustration. New York: Greenberg, Publisher, Inc., 1940.

JAMA. 1940;115(9):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810350147036

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This excellent book reveals the author as one who has a real clinical knowledge of the problem he is discussing. The simple, even homely, style is peculiarly well adapted to the group for which it is written; i. e., the present generation of middle-aged women, most of whom have had little or no reliable information in this field. Each chapter contains elementary yet adequate material to clarify its meaning. Substitution of "uterus" for "womb" might be suggested as an additional educational feature. The chapter on the ductless glands is well handled. The discussion of the "change," the description of the many symptoms of the climacteric, both physical and psychologic, the recommended daily routine, the relationship of the climacteric and sexual life, the admonitions to husbands and the final chapter addressed to widows and spinsters all paint a picture which only a physician of wide experience and clear perception could do

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