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Dangers of the Menopause

Perkins Anne E.
AJN The American Journal of Nursing: June 2012
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000415136.31172.d3
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Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses' work and lives over the last century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives will be a frequent column, containing articles selected to fit today's topics and times.

This month's article, from the September 1910 issue, is “Dangers of the Menopause.” The author, Anne E. Perkins, MD, states that its purpose is to correct “popular fallacies,” so nurses can “disseminate knowledge of the real dangers” of menopause. It's interesting how much information in the article is still valid 100 years later, such as the need to investigate any postmenopausal bleeding. It's also noteworthy that the three symptoms causing women the most distress—hot flashes, insomnia, and mood problems—haven't changed, although a comparison of Dr. Perkins's article with “Managing Menopausal Symptoms” in this issue reveals that menopause management certainly has: from a “trip abroad” and avoiding “fancy work” in 1910 to physical exercise and acupuncture in 2012. To read the complete article from our archives, go to

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