Jane Allin tells us the history of Premarin—the hormone replacement therpay drug for the treatment of menopausal symptoms—in timeline format. It is riveting reading and explains a lot.
Did you know that the first estrogen replacement product marketed in the US ― called Emmenin ― was made from the urine of pregnant women? The year was 1933. It was costly so the search continued looking for a cheaper alternative.
1686: Fourteen “witches” are executed at Salem – thirteen of them are menopausal women.
1821: A French physician named de Gardanne coins the term “menopause” a century prior to the isolation of the hormone estrogen and publishes a book “De la ménopause, ou de l’âge critique des femmes”. Thus begins the search for the “cure”.
1872: Menopausal women are considered mentally deranged and are classified by Lawson Tait, an influential physician and surgeon of London…
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