The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women : Exploding the Estrogen MythMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (353 p.)ISBN: 9781609800628Subject(s): Menopause --Hormone therapy --Complications --Popular worksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women : Exploding the Estrogen MythDDC classification: 618.1/75061 LOC classification: RG186.S425 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Preliminaries; Acknowledgements; CONTENTS; Part I How Did all This Happen?; Introduction; On the Path to Premarin; Fountain of Youth or Golden Fleece?; How has Premarin Fared in the United States, and Who Was Robert Wilson; A Daring Program to Keep Women Young; Crazy People in America; Censorship, Class-Action Lawsuits, and Dangerous Off-Label Prescription Drugs; Madeline Grey; Poison by Prescrition; Ladies Night Out; If the Truth be Told; Alive Keeps Busy and the PDA Comes through; Part II What do know Now?; Introduction; Getting to the heart of the Matter; Health in the Balance
Losing out MindsAnd Dear in Mind Swimming in the Sea of Estrogens; Appendix: Over the Menopausal Rainbow; Notes; Index; About the Author; About Seven Stories Press
With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the "menopause industry" and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems-including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke-than it cures. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of synthetic estrogen through the unconscionable and misleading promotion of a dangerous drug.
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Library Journal ReviewWhen the Women's Health Initiative of the National Institutes of Health stopped one arm of its hormone replacement therapy (HRT) clinical trial last July, it announced that "the balance of risks and benefits for hormone use in healthy postmenopausal women remains uncertain." Seaman, a women's health advocate and author of The Doctor's Case Against the Pill, explains the controversy surrounding the use of prescription hormones for birth control, menopause, and postmenopause. She highlights the history of their development (evidence of their cancer-causing properties was supressed); their extensive marketing, first to doctors and then to patients; and their prevalence in American society throughout the second half of the 20th century. Quite obviously, the author is opposed to the use of long-term prescription hormones; after her aunt died of endometrial cancer in 1959, Seaman was warned by doctors not to take Premarin, and she has spent 40 years researching sex hormones. This book is in direct opposition to older titles like Adam Romoff's Estrogen: How and Why It Can Save Your Life. HRT still remains a confusing and popular topic, and Seaman will add a piece to the puzzle for many readers. Recommended for all libraries, especially public. (Bibliography and notes not seen.)-Elizabeth Williams, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsBarbara Seaman, a cofounder of the National Women's Health Network, was cited by the Library of Congress as the author who raised sexism in health care as a worldwide issue. Her books include "The Doctor's Case Against the Pill", "Free & Female", "Women & the Crisis in Sex Hormones" & "Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann". She has three children & three grandchildren & lives in New York City.
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