The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women / Edition 1

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Veteran health investigator Sandra Coney presents compelling evidence that how we perceive menopause is shaped and, in large measure, distorted by those who have transformed this natural process into a wildly lucrative enterprise. Coney examines the true motivations behind the medical industry's highly publicized depiction of the hardships of menopause. National TV and radio tour.

Effects of society's negative views of aging/examines benefits & risks of hormone replacement.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The justification for interfering in well people's lives must be firmly established before it is acted upon,'' Coney states in her exploration of one of the hot topics of the '90s. With baby boomers reaching menopause, the author contends that modern medicine sees this as another area of life to be managed by an establishment steeped in negative stereotypes of menopausal women. Menopause, she says, is a natural part of life, not an illness, and it doesn't necessarily require medical intervention. A New Zealander involved in women's health issues for many years, Coney (Hysterectomy) examines menopause, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy and cervical and breast cancer screening programs, charting ``medicine's discovery of the midlife woman.'' She shows that some medical interventions have been widely promoted before ``the risks and drawbacks have been fully resolved''-a strategy she calls into question. This is a serious examination of many of the important health issues faced by midlife women, not a pop guide to getting through. Quotes from medical literature and from her many interviews illustrate and personalize her thesis. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Originally published in New Zealand, this book offers a unique view of menopause. Unlike Germaine Greer's The Pause (LJ 9/15/92), which addresses the broad social issues, and Eileen Nechas and Denise Foley's Unequal Treatment: What You Don't Know About How Women Are Mistreated by the Medical Community (LJ 4/1/94), which discusses the general medical neglect of women, Coney focuses on the way physicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers have changed menopause from a natural life transition into a disease requiring treatment. By labeling midlife women as estrogen-deficient, these professionals can intervene to prevent the consequences, necessitating medical visits, tests, and hormone therapy. The author notes that most women experience no difficulty with menopause and that the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease are exaggerated while those of long-term hormone replacement are understated. Illustrations from drug advertisements support her thesis. A fascinating book; highly recommended for all collections.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897931601
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,024,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 9
Introduction 12
Guide to Reading: The Menopause Industry 14
Pt. 1 Women at Midlife
Ch. 1 The Medicalization of Midlife 18
Ch. 2 The Fabulous Midlife Woman 40
Pt. 2 Menopause
Ch. 3 The Construction of the "New" Menopause 60
Ch. 4 Will the Real Menopause Please Stand Up 81
Ch. 5 Hormones at Menopause: What Really Happens When the Ovaries Retire 100
Pt. 3 Osteoporosis
Ch. 6 The Meaning and Marketing of Osteoporosis 126
Ch. 7 Preventing Bone Loss and Fractures 148
Pt. 4 Hormone Replacement Therapy
Ch. 8 All Roads Lead to Hormones 182
Ch. 9 Mostly Good News About Hormones 212
Ch. 10 The Not-So-Good to Bad News About Hormones 249
Pt. 5 Screening Programs
Ch. 11 The Business of Breasts 274
Ch. 12 All About Cervixes 305
Ch. 13 Final Thoughts 328
References 331
Selected Bibliography 359
Index 364
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