Medicine: Dangerous Days

Doctors know that the menstruating woman tends to be irritable, lethargic, depressed, violent or in rare cases, suicidal. She is less punctual and more forgetful; she may even be temporarily less intelligent. Last week, in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Katharina Dalton suggested that menstruation makes a woman more likely to be involved in an accident.

In four London general hospitals. Dr. Dalton questioned 84 female accident victims (age range: 15 to 55), all of whom had normal, 28-day menstrual cycles. Her findings: 52% of the accidents occurred to women who were within four days, either way, of the beginning of menstruation....

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