This Is How Doctors Treated 'The Menopause' in 1953

It’s nothing that a little explanation, reassurance, and mild sedation can't fix.

Are you experiencing vague pains? Emotional disturbances? “Hot flushes”? According to this 1953 instructional film for doctors presented by the Schering Corporation, you may be undergoing “the menopause” – a series of physiological and psychological changes “characteristic only of womankind.”

The film details treatment options available for menopausal women including hormone therapy, radiation, and “mild sedation.” Estrogen, the narrator explains, can be particularly effective in turning your frown upside down:

The choicest moments edited from the film are above; the full 22 minutes of instruction (some of which is NSFW due to graphic exam room scenes) is available from the fantastic Prelinger Archives here.

Katherine Wells is a senior video producer at The Atlantic. More

Wells was formerly a producer of WNYC's Freakonomics Radio and NPR's Science Friday.

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