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Ask me about my uterus : a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain

Author: Abby Norman
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues. In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with
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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Norman, Abby.
Ask me about my uterus.
New York : Nation Books, 2018
(DLC) 2017047259
Named Person: Abby Norman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abby Norman
ISBN: 9781568585819 1568585810
OCLC Number: 993419776
Description: xii, 272 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Abby Norman.
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This moving and inspiring memoir from a young woman suffering from pain and chronic illness highlights the disparity in how the medical community and society at large treats women's health issues,  Read more...

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