Medicine: Trouble Time

Since women began, they have complained that they felt bloated and out of sorts in the last few days before menstruation. Physicians usually treat the problem lightly ("Mostly in the mind," many have said); not so London Drs. Iain and Pamela MacKinnon, a husband and wife team. They were impressed by recent trickles of medical evidence that women in the latter part of the menstrual cycle not only have cellular changes but are more prone at that period to commit crimes of violence and experience emotional instability. They checked 47 coroners' cases, and post-mortem examinations made it possible for them to...

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