Doing Harm
In this shocking, hard-hitting expose in the tradition of Naomi Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich, the editorial director of Feministing.com, reveals how gender bias infects every level of medicine and healthcare today—leading to inadequate, inappropriate, and even dangerous treatment that threatens women’s lives and well-being.Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with experts within and outside the medical establishment, and personal stories from regular women to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today. In addition to offering a clear-eyed explanation of the root causes of this insidious and entrenched bias and laying out its effects, she suggests concrete steps we can take to cure it.

Doing Harm Details

TitleDoing Harm
Author
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherHarperOne
ISBN-139780062470805
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Health, Science, Medical, Disability

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  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
    January 1, 1970
    Important and timely. Dusenbery has hit the nail on the head with this book. I highlighted so many passages. She reveals how -- at almost every turn -- women are rendered dismissed, ignored and invisible by the medical system.
  • Alyssa Foll
    January 1, 1970
    This was an eye-opening read about how poorly women are treated in the medical system. Maya Dusenbery examines multiple factors for why medicine tends to be sexist and paternalistic in its care of women, but she also shares countless stories of women who advocated for themselves and for the healthcare they deserved. I can't say that this is a "pop" science read-- there was an impressive amount of data, acronyms, and medical jargon. However, it is well worth the read to explore how women in pain This was an eye-opening read about how poorly women are treated in the medical system. Maya Dusenbery examines multiple factors for why medicine tends to be sexist and paternalistic in its care of women, but she also shares countless stories of women who advocated for themselves and for the healthcare they deserved. I can't say that this is a "pop" science read-- there was an impressive amount of data, acronyms, and medical jargon. However, it is well worth the read to explore how women in pain are treated by our medical system in the US. My hope is that this book will serve as a clarion call for better healthcare and better treatment for all women.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A deep dive into decades-long practices in science and medicine that disadvantage women from the word go. Bad science, prejudicial and paternalistic attitudes by physicians and other care providers, and a persistent belief that women’s self-reported symptoms are not to be trusted. Dusenbery gets into the actual published science behind all the bad science/medicine and how the tides are slowly beginning to turn. Book 2 of the three-Book trifecta coming out 3/6 about women’s health and chronic ill A deep dive into decades-long practices in science and medicine that disadvantage women from the word go. Bad science, prejudicial and paternalistic attitudes by physicians and other care providers, and a persistent belief that women’s self-reported symptoms are not to be trusted. Dusenbery gets into the actual published science behind all the bad science/medicine and how the tides are slowly beginning to turn. Book 2 of the three-Book trifecta coming out 3/6 about women’s health and chronic illness (other two titles are Invisible and Ask Me About My Uterus).
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  • (a)lyss(a)
    January 1, 1970
    "It's very difficult for a woman to present in a doctor's office. Because if she's very stoic - if she talks about the problem in the tone that I'm talking to you - then the doctor's going to think 'Oh, there's nothing really wrong with her' And then if she gets very emotional, he's going to blame it on 'Oh, she's a phychological mess blah blah blah.'"This book should be a must read for everyone.This book does a great job in breaking down some of the barriers that women face trying to receive ad "It's very difficult for a woman to present in a doctor's office. Because if she's very stoic - if she talks about the problem in the tone that I'm talking to you - then the doctor's going to think 'Oh, there's nothing really wrong with her' And then if she gets very emotional, he's going to blame it on 'Oh, she's a phychological mess blah blah blah.'"This book should be a must read for everyone.This book does a great job in breaking down some of the barriers that women face trying to receive adequate diagnoses and treatment of diseases and illnesses. While it doesn't particularly explore race and class as a factor and some of the stories about women in pain it's never actually revealed what they have this book has great data supporting while the current US healthcare system fails women.From the history of women seeming hysterical to women's symptoms not being taken seriously until a husband/son/boyfriend/brother engages the doctor this book is full of the daily struggles women face in getting medical treatment. Doctor's ignoring symptoms and not being taught to look for the symptoms in heart disease in women has made it difficult to properly treat women. By not believing women's descriptions of their pain many women die of preventable diseases or cancers or suffer for decades from something like Lyme disease. It's heartbreaking to hear how much some women went through to get the care they needed and think about all the women that continue to be dismissed.This book points out how the pharmaceutical and medical industry was built for men but includes women and how this hurts millions of women across the country. It's a bit of a depressing read I hope it helps remind people that women are knowledgeable about their bodies and should be trusted.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The author discusses how women’s health concerns, especially illnesses which primarily affect females, such as CFS, POTS, and fibromyalgia, are often dismissed as psychosomatic. Better medical education and research directed towards many of these illnesses would help, but our society does not prioritize them. It’s depressing that women’s concerns are so frequently marginalized, and that multiple doctor visits are often required for the patient to be taken seriously, and be diagnosed and helped.
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  • Terri Ehrlich
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Every woman should read this book. This author has done her homework, and recounts the discrimination and negligence on the part of both medical researchers and practitioners when it comes to illnesses that affect mostly women. Although parts of this book made me downright angry, it was a fascinating read. Ms. Dusenbery also gives women the tools to counteract this phenomenon in order that future generations of women won’t fall under the “hysteria” umbrella.
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  • anaïs
    January 1, 1970
    important and timely. should be read by all medical professionals.
  • Amethyst
    January 1, 1970
    Very informative and a wonderful read. I am sharing my copy with everyone who will read it - especially my female friends and family.
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Everyone should read this book - well researched, important, and shocking.
  • Culatta
    January 1, 1970
    I learned about it by reading this excellent article (from Vice):https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/...?
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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