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Pain and prejudice : how the medical system ignores women--and what we can do about it / Gabrielle Jackson.

Jackson, Gabrielle, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781771647168
  • ISBN: 1771647167
  • Physical Description: 383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver ; Greystone Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Previously published: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Repeat after me, vulva: the female reproductive system -- 'Whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean': menstruation and menopause -- From clitoridectomy to the talking cure: a history of hysteria -- Neither Madonna nor whore: rethinking female sexuality -- It's the culture, stupid: understanding modern medical practice -- 'The pain that can't be seen': a new appreciation of women's pain -- Time to ditch the bikini: the women's health conditions you never hear about -- 'Ripe for disruption': why medical science must improve its knowledge of women -- Epilogue: Covid-19 and chronic pain -- Afterword.
Summary, etc.:
"One in ten women worldwide have endometriosis, yet it is funded at 5% of the rate of diabetes; women are half as likely to be treated for a heart attack as men and twice as likely to die six months after discharge; over half of women who are eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disease will be told they are hypochondriacs or have a mental illness. These are just a few of the shocking statistics explored in this book. Fourteen years after being diagnosed with endometriosis, Gabrielle Jackson couldn't believe how little had changed in the treatment and knowledge of the disease. In 2015, her personal story kick-started a worldwide investigation into the disease by the Guardian; thousands of women got in touch to tell their own stories and many more read and shared the material. What began as one issue led Jackson to explore how women - historically and through to the present day - are under-served by the systems that should keep them happy, healthy and informed about their bodies. Pain and Prejudice is a vital testament to how social taboos and medical ignorance keep women sick and in anguish. The stark reality is that women's pain is not taken as seriously as men's. Women are more likely to be disbelieved and denied treatment than men, even though women are far more likely to be suffering from chronic pain. In a potent blend of polemic and memoir, Jackson confronts the private concerns and questions women face regarding their health and medical treatment. Pain and Prejudice, finally, explains how we got here, and where we need to go next."-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Subject: Women > Health and hygiene.
Women's health services.
Sexism in medicine.
Sexism in medicine.
Women > Health and hygiene.
Women's health services.

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