Article ID: CBB001250781

Menopause and Historical Constructions of Cancer Risk (2011)


This paper explores the association between menopause and cancer over the past 250 years in relation to the disease model of menopause. Relying primarily upon medical literature produced in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada, it shows how this association evolved from traditional humoral theory; how it was sustained during the 19th century as part of a larger vision of female vulnerability at midlife countered, partially and temporarily, by a more optimistic outlook at the beginning of the 20th century; and how, over the past 80 years, the debate over cancer risk at menopause was intertwined with the vacillating fortunes of the disease model and its normalization of hormone replacement therapy. Résumé. Cet article explore l'association faite entre ménopause et cancer au cours des 250 dernières années, en relation avec le protocole de soins lié à la ménopause. S'appuyant principalement sur la littérature médicale de la Grande-Bretagne, des États-Unis et du Canada, il est démontré comment l'association entre ménopause et cancer trouve racine dans la théorie des humeurs; comment elle s'est maintenue pendant le 19e siècle comme élément d'une vision plus large de la vulnérabilité des femmes au mitan de leur vie, vision toutefois contrecarrée, en partie et temporairement, par une perspective plus positive au début du 20e siècle; et finalement, comment au cours des 80 dernières années, le débat sur les risques de cancer pendant la ménopause est étroitement relié à l'ambivalence du protocole de soins de la ménopause quant à la normalisation de l'hormonothérapie.


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Authors & Contributors
Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel
Cronon, William
Staley, Richard A.
Loo, Tina
Keller, Richard C.
Houck, Judith A.
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the Early Republic
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Science as Culture
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
University of Toronto Press
Harvard University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Temple University Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Women and health
Medicine and gender
Obstetrics and pregnancy
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Boston (Massachusetts, U.S.)
Medical Women's Federation (Great Britain)

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