The New York Academy of Medicine’s Section on the History of Medicine
and Public Health is proud to announce the next lecture in its 2008-2009
public lecture series, and the 4th talk in the Spring lecture
mini-series “Changing Perspectives on Healthy Aging.”

Changing Perspectives on Healthy Aging
As part of its 2008-2009 public lecture series, NYAM’s Section on the
History of Medicine and Public Health presents a series of talks
examining some of the profound ways in which basic expectations about
aging and the aged have shifted in the last century.

The Estrogen Elixir: Women, Hormone Replacement, and the Predicament of
The Sauter Lecture
Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
April 6, 2009, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
New York Academy of Medicine

Since the mid-twentieth century, American women have had to face the
challenges of growing old in an increasingly youth-centered society.
They have encountered a myriad of conflicting messages and contested
meanings about aging, sexuality and femininity. From the 1950s until
quite recently, hormone replacement therapy figured prominently in
medical and popular discourse about the health effects and social
aspects of female aging. Women took estrogen not only to relieve hot
flashes and to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, but also to help
themselves look and feel younger. This talk explores the relationships
between hormone replacement therapy and women’s anxieties about aging in
the context of the celebration of youth that intensified in the decades
after the Second World War.

Elizabeth Siegel Watkins is Professor of History of Health Sciences at
the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of The
Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America and
On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives (1998), and
co-editor of Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History
(2007). Dr. Watkins earned her B.A. in Biology and her Ph.D. in the
History of Science, both at Harvard University.

April 6, 2009, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The New York Academy of Medicine
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Schedule of Events:
Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Lecture: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Save the Date:

Thursday, May 07, 2009
Changing Perspectives on Healthy Aging, Part V:
Charles Rosenberg, “Who Owns Old Age?”
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