The Silent Passage: Menopause Paperback – 1995
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Sheehy's popular guide has been revised and updated.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
When Sheehy, author of the classic Passages ( LJ 5/15/76) and The Man Who Changed the World: The Lives of Mikhail S. Gorbachev ( LJ 12/90), wrote about her personal experience with menopause in the October 1991 issue of Vanity Fair , the response from readers was overwhelming and compelled her to expand the article into this surprisingly slim book. Interviewing over 100 women in various stages of menopause and 75 experts, she examines the medical, psychological, and social aspects of this "silent passage." A biological change that spans five to seven years, this "second adulthood," according to Sheehy, has three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and coalescence. While Sheehy performs a valuable service in bringing this topic out into the open, her book is weakened by her cliched Cosmopolitan -style prose and New Age psychobabble. Still, with the older members of the Baby Boom generation entering menopause, there will be demand for this book. Readers seeking practical advice should consult Winnifred Cutler and Celso-Ramon Garcia's Menopause ( LJ 11/1/91). Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/91.
- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Still, if the reader is aware already of this budding medical controversy over HRT, the book does offer some insights into menopause in an informative and fairly concise fashion. This should prove to be especially helpful to the hordes of baby boomer women who are entering this phase of their lives. The book also provides information into holistic, alternative ways of addressing some of the issues attendant in menopausal women. It appears that nature may provide some palliatives that some women may find preferable to the drug-infused approach of some medical practitioners.
Overall, this is an excellent, well-researched book and one that a lay person can read with ease. It provides interesting insights into the emotional, psychological, and medical concerns of peri-menopausal and menopausal women and discusses some of the remedies that are available, if necessary, to ease women through this major life passage. The book has clearly been a labor of love for the author, and she has endeavored, with success, to remove the mystery that has enshrouded menopause for so long.
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but I feel better now, and I attribute my new outlook to having read The Silent Passage.Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Vickie Wyatt
Chapters are short and easy to read. This book deals not only with the technical aspects that most books do, but primarily with particular women's experiences with those various... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by Imperial Topaz
As I read "The Silent Passage," I found myself nodding in agreement, or stopping in amazement. Read morePublished on April 14 1999
This is an excellent book for women who want to know what to expect from the menopausal years. It gives insight into both the emotional and physical changes that come with the... Read morePublished on March 13 1999 by Luvs Lupin
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