Have menopause and estrogen replacement therapy become the topics-of-the-year? One might well think so, given the number of recent books on menopause. Henkel's contribution is an unbiased, well-researched investigation of the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Interviews with physicians (pro, con, and in-between) explore the medical advantages and disadvantages. Henkel examines the lack of agreement within the medical community about HRT, and she discusses alternative therapies, including acupuncture and herbal remedies. While Gail Sheehy's The Silent Passage ( LJ 4/1/92) and Germaine Greer's The Change ( LJ 9/15/92) focus on the social and psychological aspects of menopause, Henkel explains the decision-making process and provides practical checklists to empower every woman to make an informed decision regarding HRT. For up-to-date, comprehensive, fair-minded, and comprehen sible information, this book is highly recommended.-- Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn.