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Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause

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A powerful, taboo-shattering medical and social history that redresses the myths and delivers the truths about menopause

Meticulously researched and always entertaining, thisbook traces the history of "the change of life" from its appearance in classical texts and the medical literature of the 18th century to up-to-the-minute contemporary clinical approaches. Formore than
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Granta UK
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Robert C.
Dec 29, 2014 Robert C. rated it liked it
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By the end of the intro and chapter one I get that the author is trying to say two things: menopause is not so bad (and here is the evidence) and menopause does not cause all kinds of nastiness (loss of bone density, vaginal dryness, madness, hot flushes, libido fluctuations, depression etc.), but that these things just happens at about the same time.

By the end of the book, the message is pretty much the same, except that the author has bunged in a lot more evidence.

On the up side - these conclu
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Ashley
Feb 08, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well considered and well put together book on how women's bodies have been viewed over the ages. The view that women's bodies do not appear to match up to men's has resulted in a "diseased" view of the normal changes in the bodies of women. Louise Foxcroft explores the importance of recognising that many of the so called symptoms of menopause may either be due to the natural ageing process or are a social construction, primarily propagated by men. The hot flushes are indeed a symptom of ...more
Charlie
Mar 29, 2009 Charlie rated it liked it
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This is a medical and social history encapsulating the rise of the scientific medical profession in the West (whose practitioners were almost exclusively male) and its interaction with a very taboo ridden society, to create a medicalisation of a natural part of female ageing, the menopause.

When a society believes that older women are partially dead because they are no longer fertile (they are useless and pointless and purposeless), then the rise of a science that thinks itself able to cure anyt
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Louise Foxcroft read History at the University of Cambridge as a mature student in the early 1990s. In 2007 she published an academic title, The Making of Addiction: The ‘use and abuse’ of opium in nineteenth-century Britain (Ashgate), which developed the research of her PhD thesis. This was followed by her first general book, Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause (Granta, ...more
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