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Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine And Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, And Sick Hardcover – 27 March 2017

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  • ISBN-10 : 0062470809
  • Hardcover : 400 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062470805
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : HarperCollins - US (27 March 2017)
  • Language: : English
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"Dusenbery challenges a new generation of women and practitioners to fight for medical equity--shinning a harsh light on the sex bias that pervades every level of medicine. It's outrageous that such malignant neglect exists more than two decades after the government acknowledged the gaps in knowledge about women's health." --Leslie Laurence, co-author of Outrageous Practices

"Maya Dusenbery brings new life to one of the most urgent yet under-discussed feminist issues of our time. Anyone who cares about women's health needs to read this book." --Jessica Valenti, author of Sex Object

"Maya Dusenbery has added immensely to the literature on women's health."--NY Journal of Books

"Doing Harm demonstrates persuasively that subconscious gender-bias in medicine is very real and pervasive for women of all backgrounds, as doctors continue to apply a "one-size-fits-all" method of diagnosis and medical evaluation to their women patients."--Pacific Standard

"Doing Harm is a fearless account of the incompetence of our culture when it comes to treating women properly. Dusenbery writes about the institutional systems that are against women--from philosophy to pharmacy to popular culture--in an accessible, engaging, and organized narrative."--The Rumpus

"Doing Harm methodically and thoroughly lays out an indictment of the medical systems that still largely discount the experiences of women both individually and collectively. Doing Harm demands nothing short of system-wide change, starting with a call to providers at the most basic level"--Rewire

"an antidote to the isolation and maddening self-doubt that this all-too-common dismissal can impose. Her careful evidence answers the uncomfortable question that so often niggles in the doctor's office: 'Am I getting lesser care because I'm a woman?'"--Ms. Magazine

"the medical establishment has a poor history of taking women's health issues seriously --a history that Feministing editor Dusenbery takes on with full force in her new book"--Harpers Bazaar

"well researched, wonderfully truculent..."--NYT Daily

"As seen on FRESH AIR"--No Source

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Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.

In Doing Harm, Dusenbery explores the deep, systemic problems that underlie women's experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system. Women have been discharged from the emergency room mid-heart attack with a prescription for anti-anxiety meds, while others with autoimmune diseases have been labeled "chronic complainers" for years before being properly diagnosed. Women with endometriosis have been told they are just overreacting to "normal" menstrual cramps, while still others have "contested" illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia that, dogged by psychosomatic suspicions, have yet to be fully accepted as "real" diseases by the whole of the profession.

An eye-opening read for patients and health care providers alike, Doing Harm shows how women suffer because the medical community knows relatively less about their diseases and bodies and too often doesn't trust their reports of their symptoms. The research community has neglected conditions that disproportionately affect women and paid little attention to biological differences between the sexes in everything from drug metabolism to the disease factors--even the symptoms of a heart attack. Meanwhile, a long history of viewing women as especially prone to "hysteria" reverberates to the present day, leaving women battling against a stereotype that they're hypochondriacs whose ailments are likely to be "all in their heads."

Offering a clear-eyed explanation of the root causes of this insidious and entrenched bias and laying out its sometimes catastrophic consequences, Doing Harm is a rallying wake-up call that will change the way we look at health care for women.

--Gloria Steinem