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Medical journalists Leslie Laurence and Beth Weinhouse shine a penetrating light on the pervasive neglect, rampant gender bias and systematized discrimination in women's health care that characterize the medical establishment. Marshalling an array of facts never before presented in a single book, Laurence and Weinhouse eloquently demonstrate that sexist medicine is bad science -- and the demand for nonsexist treatment philosophies is nothing less than the demand for equal and effective treatment of women in research, education, and patient care.
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What could, in less skilled hands, have been a shrill attack is in fact an admirably restrained and thorough examination of how the medical establishment has treated women as patients, as research subjects, and as health care providers. Medical journalists Laurence (author of the syndicated column ``Her Health'') and Weinhouse (a freelance writer for Elle and other magazines) combine solid research and personal interviews (sometimes with well-known individuals and sometimes with women whose identities are concealed) to create a compelling picture of what's wrong with women's health care. They show how medicine has discriminated against women as doctors; has excluded them as subjects in most research involving new drugs, medical treatments, and surgical techniques; and has regarded female patients as second-class citizens. Not surprisingly, the authors look at the surgicalization of reproduction, the lack of innovation in birth control, and the medicalization of menopause. They note that while often overtreated as obstetrical and gynecological patients, women, when they have other complaints, are frequently taken less seriously than men with similar symptoms. Laurence and Weinhouse examine the medical biases that lead to differences in how men and women with heart disease, kidney failure, cancer, and AIDS are diagnosed and treated. Not only do male physicians tend to dismiss women's complaints as psychosomatic, but since women have not been included in most research studies, adequate information is simply missing on how best to treat them. The authors touch all the bases, including sexual harassment of women doctors, the trivialization of women's mental health, the gender bias in pharmaceutical advertising, and the intrusion of the courts into women's personal medical decisions. They conclude with some hopeful signs of change: More women are becoming physicians, and more research projects are including female subjects. Comprehensive analysis, well presented and well documented. (First serial to Ladies' Home Journal; author tour) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Medical journalists Laurence and Weinhouse claim that the male-dominated medical profession treats women as second-class customers while ignoring many of their valid complaints. Moreover, much of standard medical practice is based on research using exclusively male subjects, so these treatments may not be directly transferable to women. The authors outline a history of exclusion of women from the medical profession and a horrifying history of "research" on strictly female ailments. They also examine such outside influences as the court systems, foundations that distribute research grants, and drug companies to determine how they reduce or aggravate the problem. This book is well referenced and very readable. Excerpts are planned for the September issue of Ladies Home Journal, so expect a lot of requests from patrons. Essential for public libraries. [See also Eileen Nechas and Denise Foley's Unequal Treatment, LJ 4/1/94.-Ed.]-KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
--KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
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