Editor of the award-winning site Feministing. Com, interviews with doctors and researchers, Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.
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.
. Women with endometriosis have been told they are just overreacting to “normal” menstrual cramps, dogged by psychosomatic suspicions, while still others have “contested” illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia that, have yet to be fully accepted as “real” diseases by the whole of the profession.
Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick #ad - 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. 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.
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We LiveW. W. Norton & Company #ad - With…evidence from recent genetic and anthropological research, Zuk offers a dose of paleoreality. Erin wayman, to live in mud huts rather than condos, science newswe evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple.
Evolution is about change, and every organism is full of trade-offs. From debunking the caveman diet to unraveling gender stereotypes, Zuk delivers an engrossing analysis of widespread paleofantasies and the scientific evidence that undermines them, all the while broadening our understanding of our origins and what they can really tell us about our present and our future.
Our nostalgic visions of an ideal evolutionary past in which we ate, lived, and reproduced as we were “meant to” fail to recognize that we were never perfectly suited to our environment. And women don’t go into shoe-shopping frenzies because their prehistoric foremothers gathered resources for their clans.
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live #ad - Contrary to what the glossy magazines would have us believe, we do not enjoy potato chips because they crunch just like the insects our forebears snacked on. She draws on fascinating evidence that examines everything from adults’ ability to drink milk to the texture of our ear wax to show that we’ve actually never stopped evolving.
As zuk compellingly argues, such beliefs incorrectly assume that we’re stuck—finished evolving—and have been for tens of thousands of years.
In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in AmericaBloomsbury USA #ad - Sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. Now more than 133 million americans live with chronic illness, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all health care dollars, and untold pain and disability. Thirty years ago, susan sontag wrote, "Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick.
. We must balance our faith in medical technology with awareness of the limits of science, and confront our throwback beliefs that people who are sick have weaker character than those who are well. And people with diseases as varied as cardiovascular disease, HIV, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes have been accused of causing their preventable illnesses through their lifestyle choices.
In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America #ad - There has been an alarming rise in illnesses that defy diagnosis through clinical tests or have no known cure. Through research and patient narratives, the role of social media in medical advocacy, the origins of our attitudes about chronic illness, health writer Laurie Edwards explores patient rights, and much more.
What the noonday demon did for people suffering from depression, In the Kingdom of the Sick does for those who are chronically ill. Millions of people, chronic pain, especially women, with illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome face skepticism from physicians and the public alike.
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's PainBold Type Books #ad - For any woman who has experienced illness, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issuesIn the fall of 2010, chronic pain, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with antibiotics.
. Unable to get out of bed, much less attend class, Norman dropped out of college and embarked on what would become a years-long journey to discover what was wrong with her. It's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition. Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural, medical knowledge, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, and political context, control, and truth.
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain #ad - It wasn't until she took matters into her own hands--securing a job in a hospital and educating herself over lunchtime reading in the medical library--that she found an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis. In ask me about my uterus, indeed, norman describes what it was like to have her pain dismissed, to be told it was all in her head, only to be taken seriously when she was accompanied by a boyfriend who confirmed that her sexual performance was, compromised.
When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant SurgeonHarper #ad - In illuminating this work, Mezrich touches the essence of existence and what it means to be alive. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor and introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality—maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world.
Mezrich takes us inside the operating room and unlocks the wondrous process of transplant surgery, and at times, breathtaking skill, a delicate, intense ballet requiring precise timing, creative improvisation. Most physicians fight death, but in transplantation, doctors take from death. After all, the donors are his patients, too.
When death becomes life also engages in fascinating ethical and philosophical debates: how much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves? Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver? What defines death, Mezrich’s riveting book is a beautiful, and what role did organ transplantation play in that definition? The human story behind the most exceptional medicine of our time, poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning.
When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon #ad - . In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. When death becomes life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives. Joshua mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another.
Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just FineBeacon Press #ad - She did. Sophie navigates being the only black scientist in her lab while studying the very disease, HIV, that she hides from her coworkers. For victoria, coming out as a transgender woman was less difficult than coming out as bipolar. Author michele lent hirsch knew she couldn’t be the only woman who’s faced serious health issues at a young age, her relationships, as well as the resulting effects on her career, and her sense of self.
. Already appearing on must-read lists for bitch, popSugar, this is an exploration of women navigating serious health issues at an age where they're expected to be healthy, BookRiot, dating, and Autostraddle, having careers and children. Miriam’s doctor didn’t believe she had breast cancer. They are also one of the most ignored groups in our medical system—a system where young women, especially women of color and trans women, are invisible.
And because of expectations about gender and age, young women with health issues must often deal with bias in their careers and personal lives. By shining a light on this hidden demographic, Lent Hirsch explores the challenges that all women face. Not only do they feel pressured to seem perfect and youthful, they also find themselves amid labyrinthine obstacles in a culture that has one narrow idea of womanhood.
Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine #ad - Lent hirsch weaves her own harrowing experiences together with stories from other women, perspectives from sociologists on structural inequality, and insights from neuroscientists on misogyny in health research. What she found while researching Invisible was a surprisingly large and overlooked population with important stories to tell.
Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist RevolutionSt. Martin's Press #ad - One third of mothers give birth by major surgery; roughly half of women lose their uterus to hysterectomy. Everything below the Waist challenges all people to take back control of their bodies. In this urgent book, and reformers, uncovering history and science that could revolutionize the standard of care, Block tells the stories of patients, clinicians, and change the way women think about their health.
In everything below the waist, jennifer block asks: why is the life expectancy of women today declining relative to women in other high-income countries, and even relative to the generation before them? Block examines several staples of modern women's health care, and finds that while overdiagnosis and overtreatment persist in medicine writ large, from fertility technology to contraception to pelvic surgery to miscarriage treatment, they are particularly acute for women.
The washington post american women visit more doctors, have more surgery, and fill more prescriptions than men. Feminism turned the world upside down, yet to a large extent the doctors' office has remained stuck in time. Elle's 30 best books of the summer"a jaw-dropping investigation into the women's health industry.
Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution #ad - Shelf-awareness "a fascinating examination of the past and present of women's healthcare" —Delfina V Barbiero, USA TODAY"A must-read for women, especially any woman who might ever need to see a doctor. Block returns to the 1970s women's health movement to understand how in today's supposed age of empowerment, and as result, women's bodies are still so vulnerable to medical control—particularly their sex organs, their sex lives.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for MenAbrams Press #ad - Built on hundreds of studies in the us, and written with energy, and around the world, the UK, and sparkling intelligence, wit, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, money, in time, and often with their lives.
From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. Celebrated feminist advocate caroline criado perez investigates shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women†‹, the doctor’s office, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, and more.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men #ad - But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. Data is fundamental to the modern world.
Just Peachy: Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being SadSkyhorse #ad - Simply put, this is an encouraging collection of comics about being just okay sometimes. So brave of holly chisholm to share her struggles with mental health issues through this creative medium. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Well done!” —Dr. Marketa wills, authors of Understanding Mental Illness and founders of Healthy Mind MDs.
In this autobiographical collection of thoughtful and poignant comic vignettes, anxiety, Chisholm explores her experiences with depression, and love . Booklistjust peachy is a comic series that explores what the day-to-day is like with depression and/or anxiety. The comics also explore the themes of heartbreak, finding love, dealing with stress, and capturing the magical moments in life that keep us going.
Through dark humor and cute illustrations, the subject matter becomes a bit more bearable, allowing for honest discussion about things like treatment and getting through anxiety attacks, and providing some comfort in times of struggle. For anyone affected by mental illness, Just Peachy shows that you are not alone.
Just Peachy: Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad #ad - The all-too-real cartoon protagonist gives readers a character to empathize with, and helps explain some of the not often talked about consequences and symptoms of having depression. Just peachy will inspire others to connect to, navigate through, and recover from their own day-to-day trials and tribulations of living with a mental illness.
The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific RevolutionHarper #ad - Here are the brilliant iconoclasts—galileo, Brahe, Copernicus, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe—whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition. From gunpowder technology, and the concept of the fact, movable type printing, the laws of nature, perspective painting, the discovery of the new world, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, Wotton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge.
. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history. The invention of science goes back five hundred years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen.
The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution #ad - A companion to such acclaimed works as the age of wonder, the scientific Revolution, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, A Clockwork Universe, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world. We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery.
Wootton argues that the scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently, but came to intersect and create a new worldview. Yet today, science and its practitioners have come under political attack. Ultimately, he makes clear the link between scientific discovery and the rise of industrialization—and the birth of the modern world we know.