The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth
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  • March 2009
  • 9781583228623

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth

Barbara Seaman

Second Edition

With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the "menopause industry" and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems—including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke—than it cures. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of synthetic estrogen through the unconscionable and misleading promotion of a dangerous drug.


"Barbara Seaman is the first prophet of the women's health movement and her prophecies are still coming true." —Gloria Steinem

"Lively and impassioned … [Seaman] certainly makes her point." —Gina Kolata, New York Times

"A wake-up call to women about unquestioningly accepting doctors orders." —Booklist

"The unmasking of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is a major triumph for the women's health movement, which has claimed for decades that its supposed benefits are drug-industry hype. You can read all about it in Barbara Seaman's devastating exposé, The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women." —Katha Pollitt, The Nation

About Barbara Seaman

An author, women's health activist, and energizing influence on hundreds of younger writers and organizers for nearly half a century, the legendary BARBARA SEAMAN (1935-2008) persistently challenged the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies by exposing their drive for profit at the expense of women. After her first three books, the New York Times wrote that she had "triggered a revolution, fostering a willingness among women to take issues of health into their own hands." As Barbara Ehrenreich wrote about the publication of her first book, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill (1969): "For many of us, women's liberation began at that moment." Seaman was a founding advisory board member of and key advisor to Seven Stories Press.

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