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Unwell women : a journey through medicine and myth in a man-made world

Cleghorn, Elinor2022
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We are taught that medicine is the art of solving our body's mysteries. And as a science, we expect medicine to uphold the principles of evidence and impartiality. We want our doctors to listen to us and care for us as people, but we also need their assessments of our pain and fevers, aches and exhaustion to be free of any prejudice about who we are, our gender, or the colour of our skin. But medicine carries the burden of its own troubling history. In 'Unwell Women' Elinor Cleghorn unpacks the roots of the perpetual misunderstanding, mystification, and misdiagnosis of women's bodies, and traces the journey from the 'wandering womb' of ancient Greece, the rise of witch trials in Medieval Europe, through the dawn of Hysteria, to modern day understandings of autoimmune diseases, the menopause and conditions like endometriosis.
Updated edition.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2022.
496 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2021.Previous edition: 2021.Includes bibliographical references and index.
9781474616874 (pbk)
Dewey class:
613.04244610.9 CLE610.9
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