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Unwell women : misdiagnosis and myth in a man-made world / Elinor Cleghorn.

Cleghorn, Elinor, (author.).


"A trailblazing conversation-starting history of women's health-from Ancient Greece to hormones and autoimmune diseases--brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative"-- Provided by publisher.
Cleghorn was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease after a long period of being told her symptoms were anything from psychosomatic to a possible pregnancy. She turned to history for answers, and found an enraging legacy of suffering, mystification, and misdiagnosis. Here she traces the almost unbelievable history of how medicine has failed women by treating their bodies as alien and other, often to perilous effect. In exploring the relationship between women, illness, and medicine, she shows how being unwell has become normalized in society and culture, and that women have long been distrusted as reliable narrators of their own bodies and pain. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 9780593182956
  • ISBN: 0593182952
  • Physical Description: 386 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-370) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Ancient Greece - Nineteenth Century. Wandering wombs ; Possessed and polluting ; Under her skin ; On her nerves ; Feeling pain ; Contagious pleasures ; Bleeding mad ; Rest and resistance -- Late Nineteenth Century - 1940s. Suffrage and suppression ; Birth control ; Feminine radiance ; Lifting the curse ; Dutiful and disciplined ; Control and punish -- 1945 - Present. Public health, private pain ; Mothers' little helpers ; Our bodies, our selves ; Autoimmune -- Conclusion: Believe us.
Subject: Women > Health and hygiene.
Women > Health and hygiene > History.
Women patients.
Diagnostic errors.
Women > Health and hygiene.
Women's Health > history.
Diagnostic Errors.
MEDICAL / Public Health.
Diagnostic errors.
Women > Health and hygiene.
Women patients.
Genre: History.

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