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[Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy]

H S Jacobs, F E Loeffler

JUNE 30, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(06)

[Over the past year, a number of summary publications on postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy have been published in the UK (1-3). Therefore, in this review we focus on areas that, although often controversial, may be of interest to practitioners. We will discuss the effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy on the risk of ischaemic heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer and present some observations on the concept of oestrogen tachifilaxis and dependence. Our conclusions are summarised in our recommendations on hormone therapy in menopause.]

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