Gynecology: The Springs of Youth

The "hot flashes" and occasional depressions that bothered middle-aged women a decade ago are becoming symptoms of the past. Modern woman seems to be escaping most of the rigors of the menopause—that time of life (usually around 50) when fluctuations in the hormonal output of her glands may lead to both physical and psychological discomfort. One of the explanations is hormone therapy. So successful has it been that doctors have carried on a decade-long debate: Why not give all women some hormone treatment, even after menopause, to mitigate the insidious effects of...

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