Menopausal syndrome: illness or social role--a transcultural analysis.

  title={Menopausal syndrome: illness or social role--a transcultural analysis.},
  author={John Marshall Townsend and Claudia Carbone},
  journal={Culture, medicine and psychiatry},
  volume={4 3},
In recent years the medical diagnosis and treatment of "menopausal syndrome" has come under a barrage of criticism. Critics of the conventional clinical approach claim that menopausal syndrome is largely a social role foisted on middle-aged women in this society. The physician plays a very active part (albeit an inadvertent one) in recruiting women into this role. This paper examines the evidence for this thesis, including cross-cultural and intracultural variation. The evidence examined… CONTINUE READING