The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth,
By Barbara Seaman

In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative of the National Institutes of Health halted an extensive, randomized study of a synthetic estrogen. The Institute concluded that the risks to the post-menopausal women using the hormone outweighed the benefits. From the 92nd Street Y in New York City, women's health advocate and author Barbara Seaman explains the controversy surrounding the use of prescription hormones for birth control, menopause, and post-menopause as detailed in her book, “The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women.” Ms. Seaman outlines the development of prescription hormones in the 1930s, their marketing to doctors and to patients, and her contention that evidence of the increased risk of breast cancer and cancer of the uterus was suppressed.

Author Bio:
Barbara Seaman is an advanced science writing Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism. In addition, she is co-founder of the National Women's Health Network, an advocacy group in Washington, DC. Ms. Seaman is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post and has been either a columnist or contributing editor at Ms., Omni, Ladies' Home Journal, Hadassah, Bride's and Family Circle.

Ms. Seaman is the author of;
“The Doctors' Case Against the Pill,”
“For Women Only: Your Guide to Health Empowerment,”
“Free and Female,”
“Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones”
“Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann.”

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