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July 16, 2008

The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America

JAMA. 2008;300(3):335-336. doi:10.1001/jama.300.3.335

More than 50 million American women,1 both proponents and opponents of menopausal hormone therapy, can quickly appreciate the value of The Estrogen Elixir. This book takes an in-depth, socially analytical look at the evolution of menopausal hormone therapy in the United States, with a focus on estrogen since its discovery. The Estrogen Elixir is divided into 14 chapters spanning 368 pages and enriched by 1102 references and notes. Watkins tells the story accurately and objectively. No accusations and no praise, just the facts.

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