Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

Doing Harm

In this shocking, hard-hitting expose in the tradition of Naomi Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich, the editorial director of, reveals how gender bias infects every level of medicine and healthcare today—leading to inadequate, inappropriate, and even dangerous treatment that threatens women’s lives and well-being.Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with experts within and outside the medic...

Details Doing Harm

TitleDoing Harm
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Health, Science, Medical, Disability

Reviews Doing Harm

  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
    Important and timely. Dusenbery has hit the nail on the head with this book. I highlighted so many passages. She reveals how -- at almost every turn -- women are rendered dismissed, ignored and invisible by the medical system.
  • Alyssa Foll
    This was an eye-opening read about how poorly women are treated in the medical system. Maya Dusenbery examines multiple factors for why medicine tends to be sexist and paternalistic in its care of women, but she also shares countless stories of women who advocated for themselves and for the healthcare they deserved. I can't say that this is a "pop" science read-- there was an impressive amount of data, acronyms, and medical jargon. However, it is...
  • Melissa
    A deep dive into decades-long practices in science and medicine that disadvantage women from the word go. Bad science, prejudicial and paternalistic attitudes by physicians and other care providers, and a persistent belief that women’s self-reported symptoms are not to be trusted. Dusenbery gets into the actual published science behind all the bad science/medicine and how the tides are slowly beginning to turn. Book 2 of the three-Book trifecta...
  • (a)lyss(a)
    "It's very difficult for a woman to present in a doctor's office. Because if she's very stoic - if she talks about the problem in the tone that I'm talking to you - then the doctor's going to think 'Oh, there's nothing really wrong with her' And then if she gets very emotional, he's going to blame it on 'Oh, she's a phychological mess blah blah blah.'"This book should be a must read for everyone.This book does a great job in breaking down some of...
  • Linda
    The author discusses how women’s health concerns, especially illnesses which primarily affect females, such as CFS, POTS, and fibromyalgia, are often dismissed as psychosomatic. Better medical education and research directed towards many of these illnesses would help, but our society does not prioritize them. It’s depressing that women’s concerns are so frequently marginalized, and that multiple doctor visits are often required for the pati...
  • Terri Ehrlich
    Wow! Every woman should read this book. This author has done her homework, and recounts the discrimination and negligence on the part of both medical researchers and practitioners when it comes to illnesses that affect mostly women. Although parts of this book made me downright angry, it was a fascinating read. Ms. Dusenbery also gives women the tools to counteract this phenomenon in order that future generations of women won’t fall under the ...
  • anaïs
    important and timely. should be read by all medical professionals.
  • Amethyst
    Very informative and a wonderful read. I am sharing my copy with everyone who will read it - especially my female friends and family.
  • Carolyn
    Wow! Everyone should read this book - well researched, important, and shocking.