Menopause: Lessons From Anthropology

  title={Menopause: Lessons From Anthropology},
  author={Margaret Lock},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  • M. Lock
  • Published 1 July 1998
  • Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
Objectives In North America and Europe, it is usually assumed that biological changes associated with the end of menstruation and the onset of specific diseases commonly associated with the postmenopausal condition are universal. Using an anthropological approach in which menopause is understood as a concept that is historically and culturally produced, an argument is made for additional systematic investigation of what protects the majority of women from distress at menopause, and what factors… 

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