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December 1974

Hormone Therapy of the Menopause and Aging

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San Francisco

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1140. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240174040

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I should clearly state at the beginning of this review that I firmly believe, as does the author, that the menopause is a deficiency state that should be prevented; if it is allowed to develop, it should be treated. Furthermore, I believe that any new information that focuses on this complex and controversial subject and that enlightens the reader is worthwhile. Yet I have a number of reservations about this particular volume.

I am not really certain who the target audience is—the foreword suggests the book should be particularly valuable to the general practitioner, the author's conclusion states that the prescribing of hormones should be done by physicians with a knowledge of gynecology and gynecologic endocrinology, and the preface indicates that the book should be valuable in helping women to demand the medical treatment they need to alleviate the menopausal symptoms.

It is possible that, by attempting to reach both

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