Mapping menopause: objectivity or multiplicity?

Paul A. Komesaroff, Philipa Rothfield, Jeanne Daly

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    Abstract

    Does “the menopause"? exist? Certainly, from a point of view widely adopted within medicine, it does. For many practitioners and researchers, menopause is to be understood as a purely technical phenomenon. From this viewpoint, it can be satisfactorily described in terms of hormonal changes and their accompanying effects. In particular, according to a popular view, a decline in the circulating levels of the female hormone estrogen is responsible for most of the acute symptoms of menopause and for the epidemiologically defined increase in the risk of certain conditions. Menopause is therefore considered a “deficiency disease"? for which a cure is needed-the logical remedy taking the form of hormonal supplementation or “replacement."?.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReinterpreting Menopause
    Subtitle of host publicationCultural and Philosophical Issues
    EditorsPaul A. Komesaroff, Philipa Rothfield, Jeanne Daly
    Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Chapter1
    Pages3-14
    Number of pages12
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781136048944
    ISBN (Print)0415915643, 9780415915649
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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