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.
Houck, J. Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America. Harvard University Press, 2006.