Saturday, March 01, 2008

Women's Health Movement Pioneer Barbara Seaman Dead at 72

Barbara Seaman was a co-founder of the National Women's Health Network. Early on she challenged the assumption that hormone replacement therapy and early (1960s) oral contraceptives were safe. (The birth control pills I took as a newly wed in 1966 contained 10 times the amount of estrogen today's pills contain!) She also helped create the concept of patients' rights, informed consent and warning labels on drugs. Not a bad legacy, huh? Read an obit by clicking here and also here. And here is her New York Times obituary.

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