Houck, J. Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America. Harvard University Press, 2006.
How did menopause change from being a natural (and often welcome) end to a woman’s childbearing years to a deficiency disease in need of medical and pharmacological intervention? As she traces the medicalization of menopause over the last 100 years, historian Judith Houck challenges some widely held assumptions.