Premenstrual Syndrome: Studies in Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving

  • Bonnie Frank Carter


On September 17, 1984, 22 professionals from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain convened at the Albert Greenfield Center at SugarLoaf in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for five days of intensive discussion. The disciplinary composition of the full group is schematically presented in Figure 1. This group included lawyers, but their subject would not be limited to the law; it included physicians and biomedical researchers, but their contributions would not be limited to medical concerns; the group included professors, but their discussions would not be constrained to the academic area. Among the latter were philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, ethicists, criminologists, and feminists, whose contributions, like those of the physicians and lawyers, would not. be limited to their parochial concerns. Moreover, what made this gathering truly unique was the participants’ mutual purpose of reciprocal education and the subsequent mutual goal of working together as a problem-solving team on the basis of shared interdisciplinary information. Their focus would be on the premenstrual syndrome as an example of a bio-psycho-social behavioral complex about which considerable uncertainty remains, and yet regarding which numerous demands for specific concrete responses are made upon the biomedical, legal, and social science disciplines.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie Frank Carter
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Northern DivisionAlbert Einstein Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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