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Change, Choice and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Author: Dr Barry G. Wren and Margaret Stephenson Meere

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Menopause can be an uncertain but significant time in a woman's life. Educating yourself with as much information as possible on this important phase can build confidence.

This book has the information you need. With more than 40 years experience as gynaecological endocrinologist, Dr Wren with has researched the pros and cons of HRT, and presents them in easy-to-understand language in this book with family health nurse and author Margaret Stephenson Meere.

  • Reviews the history of hormone replacement therapy, an overview of HRT and the development of oral contraception; the use and misuse of statistics in the research
  • Looks at the controversial issues regarding regular hormone treatment, alternative therapies and other non-hormonal medical therapy
  • The book seeks to clarify the role of oestrogen in maintaining a woman’s health and that oestrogen therapy plays a major role in reduction of disease in the postmenopausal woman as well as increasing her longevity.
  • Dr Barry Wren is the first president and founding member of the Australian Menopause Society.

Dr Barry G. Wren

Dr Barry G. Wren
Author, Doctor, Member of the Order of Australia

DR BARRY G WREN  AM.  MBBS, MD, MHPEd., FRANZCOG, FRCOG Barry Wren grew up on his father’s sheep station in the mid-west of NSW and had his early schooling by correspondence. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to Sydney University and on graduating in1955, married and began his postgraduate career. His initial research and work as an obstetrician and gynaecologist took him to West Australia, the United Kingdom and Nigeria before returning to Australia in 1964 where he became Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of NSW.

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Margaret Stephenson Meere

Margaret Stephenson Meere
Registered nurse/midwife

Margaret Stephenson Meere, BA BHSc, is an Early Childhood Health Practitioner based in Sydney. A registered nurse/midwife, with working experience in both Australia and the UK spanning nearly four decades, she came to the realisation in the 1980s that education and prevention, rather than cure, is preferable for a healthy life experience. Margaret brings to her work a belief in holistic medicine, having trained in Cranio-sacral therapy (Paediatrics) with the Upledger Institute and also in Hellerwork postural correction and counselling.

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