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Unwell women : misdiagnosis and myth in a man-made world

Author: Elinor Cleghorn
Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A trailblazing conversation-starting history of women's health-from Ancient Greece to hormones and autoimmune diseases--brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative"--
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cleghorn, Elinor,
Unwell women
New York : Dutton, Penguin Random House LLC, 2021.
(DLC) 2020053645
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor Cleghorn
ISBN: 9780593182956 0593182952
OCLC Number: 1197720859
Description: 386 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part one: Ancient Greece - Nineteenth Century. Wandering wombs ; Possessed and polluting ; Under her skin ; On her nerves ; Feeling pain ; Contagious pleasures ; Bleeding mad ; Rest and resistance. --
Part two: Late Nineteenth Century - 1940s. Suffrage and suppression ; Birth control ; Feminine radiance ; Lifting the curse ; Dutiful and disciplined ; Control and punishn --
Part three: 1945 - Present. Public health, private pain ; Mothers' little helpers ; Our bodies, our selves ; Autoimmune. --
Conclusion: Believe us.
Responsibility: Elinor Cleghorn.

Abstract:

"A trailblazing conversation-starting history of women's health-from Ancient Greece to hormones and autoimmune diseases--brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative"--

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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