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July 7, 1956

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JAMA. 1956;161(10):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100069024

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Abstract

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS 

Menopausal Syndrome.—  At the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians in April in Los Angeles, Dr. Paul Starr of the University of Southern California, speaking on the climacteric syndrome, said that adrenocortical deficiency in the production of androgens and estrogens is one of the common causes of subclinical disease in older people. In the past, menopausal disorders in women and some diseases of older men were treated with sedatives and psychotherapy because of the erroneous beliefs that ( 1) female sex hormone is not produced after the menopause and is no longer needed; (2) giving estrogens will prolong the transitional period and delay readjustment to the climacteric; (3) estrogens will cause periodic endometrial bleeding; and (4) estrogens are not normally maintained in older people and may therefore predispose to cancer of the uterus and breast. More recent observations have shown that, although all women experience

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