Medicine and the moral space of the menopausal woman

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    Abstract

    Amelia, a forty-seven-year-old lecturer in women’s studies, has experienced a variety of symptoms she attributes to menopause-including hot flashes, headaches, tiredness, and irritability-for more than a year. Despite her open mistrust of western medicine and her conviction that hormonal therapy is primarily a device to promote patriarchal power and drug company profits, she now attends a menopause clinic and takes estrogen therapy. Although this is successful in controlling her symptoms, her assessment of medicine and hormonal therapy is unchanged.

    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
    Chapter4
    Pages54-74
    Number of pages21
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781136048944
    ISBN (Print)0415915643, 9780415915649
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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