To Our Readers, Jun. 26, 1995

Just before she was invited to be one of the six women artists who created illustrations for this week's major story on estrogen, Ruth Marten cut off all her hair. "I wanted to see the encroachment of age," she says, striking one of the themes of the story. "I wanted to see how much gray hair I had and clearly see the lines on my face." Like many women her age, Marten, 46, is being encouraged by her gynecologist to try hormone-replacement therapy. She's resisting, and yet, like so many women, she's sorely tempted. Her 80-year-old neighbor has been on estrogen...

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