The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause

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Ballantine, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 422 pages
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In this singularly authoritative, intelligent and audacious study, Germaine Greer challenges all of our accepted notions about the physical and emotional effects of menopause and aging - and thereby lays the foundation for a drastic reassessment by women of the ways in which they contemplate and experience the stages of their lives that society has conditioned them to fear and, ultimately, to regret. Quoting extensively from medical, historical, anthropological, literary and other cultural sources, Greer examines the diverse ideas and theories about menopause and aging during the last two hundred years, revealing how they have and have not evolved, concluding that "the sum of our ignorance still far outweighs our knowledge, " and that the sum of a woman's self-knowledge is potentially more enlightening than anything she can learn from "objective" observers of her condition. Greer exhorts women to take responsibility for their own health and to question the accepted "truths" and those who determine them. To that end, she makes a detailed study of the various current treatments for menopause - particularly of estrogen replacement therapy, puncturing the overblown promises made on its behalf by the medical profession and drug manufacturers - and explores myriad less well publicized, traditional and alternative non-medical treatments. She delves into the full range of emotional and physical changes in the menopausal woman and proposes a new "art" of aging based on each woman's acceptance of her own experience and her transformed needs and desires. The deeply impassioned ideas Germaine Greer puts forth sound a rallying cry against the cultural and sexual stereotypes that have long hamperedthe lives of menopausal and aging women. With a profound fierceness of purpose, she encourages women to embrace the freedoms inherent in the change and to forge the serenity and power that can be its most permanent consequences. Powerful and provocative, The Change demands alienati

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Review: The Change: Women, Ageing, And The Menopause

User Review  - Brook Clinton - Goodreads

Although quite well researched it is far too long. Not a bad book for anyone considering having a worthwhile life as an older woman (she often strays into general discussions of feminisim from the older woman's perspective). Read full review

Review: The Change: Women, Ageing, And The Menopause

User Review  - Goodreads

Although quite well researched it is far too long. Not a bad book for anyone considering having a worthwhile life as an older woman (she often strays into general discussions of feminisim from the older woman's perspective). Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Pedro Jose Greer Jr., M.D., is the award-winning founder and volunteer medical director of Miami's Camillus Health Concern, a health care clinic for the poor and homeless, which serves more than ten thousand men, women, and children annually. The winner of numerous honors, including a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant and the President's Service Award in 1997, Dr. Greer has served as an adviser to both the Bush and the Clinton administrations on health care issues. He holds a diverse number of appointments, ranging from serving as a trustee for the RAND corporation to sitting on the board of directors of Comic Relief. In addition, Dr. Greer is a professor of medicine, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist in private practice, and the former Chief of Gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital, a full-Service hospital in Miami. The son of Cuban immigrants, he grew up in the Caribbean and in Miami.

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