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The silent passage : menopause
Sheehy, Gail.
Personal Author:
Revised and updated.
Publication Information:
New York : Pocket Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 293 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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RG186 .S665 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Gail Sheehy's landmark bestseller has become the bible for women concerned about menopause. Since The Silent Passage was originally published in the early 1990s, Gail Sheehy, a member of the board of the New York Menopause Research Foundation, has been at the forefront of the newest research on menopause. She has also continued to interview countless women throughout the country on the subject. In this updated and expanded edition, she presents essential new data in chapters on The Perimenopause Panic, Menopause in the Workplace, Estrogen and Brainpower, and New Frontiers in Treatment. Candid, enlightening, inspiring, and witty, with the latest information on everything from early menopause to Chinese medicine and natural remedies, The Silent Passage is an indispensable reference for every woman.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Simple demographics seem to make Sheehy as perceptive a trend spotter as John Naisbitt or Faith Popcorn; born several years before the baby boom exploded, she has served as a peacetime reconnaissance scout for the tens of millions of American readers who march behind her through life's vicissitudes. From 1992 to the turn of the century and beyond, that march will lead more than a half-million female boomers each year to a much-feared but seldom-discussed milestone: menopause. Sheehy broke a "powerful and mysterious taboo" in her October 1991 Vanity Fair article on the change of life; this expanded analysis draws on conversations with more than 100 women who are living through various stages of the process (stages Sheehy labels "perimenopause," "menopause," and "coalescence") and on interviews with some 75 experts in a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to shattering the silence on menopause itself and analyzing the nature and frequency of many symptoms traditionally associated with this normal female "passage," Sheehy provides thought-provoking information about available types of hormone replacement therapy and common arguments for and against requesting/accepting this type of treatment. As in such best-sellers as Passages and Pathfinders, Sheehy is fundamentally a popularizer of material that is available--but not easily available--to most readers. Because The Silent Passage offers comprehensible answers to significant questions about a demographically timely subject, and given Sheehy's reputation, most libraries will want to have a copy or two on their shelves. (Reviewed Apr. 1, 1992)067941388XMary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

How are women of the baby-boomer generation handling the ``M word,'' the change whose name they dare not speak? According to Sheehy's short report (expanded from her 1991 Vanity Fair article), many are utterly unprepared. The author ( Pathfinder ), who has been negotiating this passage herself, talks to doctors, nutritionists and a cross-section of women, examining both her own vacillation over estrogen replacement therapy and the more general questions of its side effects. We also hear from women who, having started families late in life, are catapulted from first babies to first hot flashes , and from such celebrities as Candice Bergen and Lesley Ann Warren. There are many frenetic and some encouraging menopause war stories here, but few accounts from women who experienced little difficulty during these years. Sheehy includes discussion of herbal remedies, exercise and dietary defenses against osteoporosis. While remaining somewhat inconclusive, her review of this stage of life for women in anti-aging America is detailed and sympathetic. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Author's Note
The Need to Know and the Fear of Knowing
""You're Not Old Enough""
When You Least Expect It
Cinderella Hits Menopause Deal or Deny?
Mother Doesn't Always Know Best Monkeying with Evolution
Whose Menopause Is It Anyway?
Is There a Male Menopause?
Menopause in the Workplace
Human Resource Professionals on the Front Lines
The Perimenopausal Panic Early Signs
Best Defenses
Silent Changes
Dancing Around Depression From the Pits to the Peak
""Stress Menopause"