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March 1966

E.R.T.: The Pills to Keep Women Young.

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By Ann Walsh. Price, $0.75. Pp 180. Bantam Books, Inc., 271 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):471-472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090155046

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What starts out as a fresh, breezy style of reporting on a new medical development for the layman unfortunately becomes nothing more than a big wind long before you reach the half-way mark in this book. Mrs. Walsh does not hesitate to answer a medical question that still puzzles a great many conservative medical men: Is routine estrogen (female hormone) replacement therapy indicated for menopause? Mrs. Walsh does more than just answer the question; she whips you with her answer until you wish you were a dead horse.

While no one wants to be caught pooh-poohing, in spite of Mrs. Walsh's enthusiasm, all the facts pertaining to treatment with female hormones are not yet available! One thing is certain in matters of medicine, however, and that is that the "testimonial" may be the most dangerous guidepost of all in scientifically evaluating virtually any therapeutic modality. All any physician has

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