Part 1. Overlooked and dismissed: a systemic problem — The knowledge gap — The trust gap — Part 2. Invisible women in a “male model” system — Heart disease and other life-threatening emergencies — Autoimmune disease and the long search for a diagnosis — Part 3. Neglected diseases: the disorders formerly known as hysteria — Chronic pain: “pain is real when you get other people to believe in it” — The curse of Eve: when being sick is “normal” — Contested illnesses: when diseases are “fashionable” — Conclusion.
“Modern medicine is failing women. Half of all American women suffer from at least one chronic health condition–from autoimmune disorders and asthma to depression and Alzheimer’s disease–and the numbers are increasing. A wealth of research has revealed that women often exhibit different symptoms than their male counterparts, suffer disproportionately from many debilitating conditions, and may react differently to prescription drugs and other therapies. Yet more than twenty years after the law decreed that women be included in all health-related research and drug development, doctors are still operating with a lingering knowledge gap when it comes to women’s health. And they’re not immune to unconscious biases and stereotypes that can undermine the doctor-patient relationship. The consequences can be catastrophic: too often, women are misdiagnosed, poorly treated, and find their complaints dismissed as ‘just stress’ or ‘all in your head.’ Meanwhile, they’re getting sicker. 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.”– Provided by publisher.