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 Feministing.com, 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
ISBN9780062470805
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherHarperOne
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Science, Health, Medical, Medicine
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Reviews Doing Harm

  • Mickey
    1970-01-01
    I want to take this book to my next doctor's appointment, smack him upside the head with it, and then stand there and read the whole damn thing out loud to him! It was infuriating and maddening to read, but it helped me to feel better that I'm not the only woman who is fighting the medical system for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • ❤
    1970-01-01
    I hate to say it, but I found this book pretty repetitive in a lot of spots. Each section, regardless of what part of history or which medical issue was being discussed, felt like I was re-reading entire paragraphs at some point because so much was constantly being reiterated in the same way. Because of that, I also didn't find the writing to be entirely engaging as I expected such a topic to be for me. In fact, it was rather dry. In this case, t...
  • Alex Linschoten
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    "Women's symptoms are not taken seriously because medicine doesn't know as much about their bodies and health problems. And medicine doesn't know as much about their bodies and health problems because it doesn't take their symptoms seriously."If you are a woman, have a body and go to the doctor, read this book. You will recognise your experience in these pages. You will get enraged. And you will be joined by many other women.As a sufferer of CFS,...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Shaina Robbins
    1970-01-01
    Would it be inappropriate for me to give a copy of this to every medical professional I meet? Or maybe just to a couple of terrible of doctors from my past?
  • Zia Okocha
    1970-01-01
    This book is must read for all women, doctors who care for women, and anyone with girls and women in their lives (so, yes everyone). As a female physician of color, I know I have come to have antennas up for inherent systemic racism built into our medical education and treatment systems. Until this book, however, I did not notice how sexist the medical system is as well. As the author notes, so many medical conditions that cause knee-jerk negativ...
  • Marianne K
    1970-01-01
    A repetitive look at gender-bias in the doctor/ patient relationship. Having experienced this firsthand, I certainly agreed with the premise. I almost bailed in the introduction as the author had so many liberal views that I do not subscribe to, "... nature is a lot more diverse than the two categories [gender] we try to impose on it", uh, no, sorry. Here's another gag-inducing gem, "I won't be discussing routine reproductive health care in this ...
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    Important and heartbreaking. The lengths to which a woman must advocate for her own care is ridiculous. Every health provider needs to read this book, even if they think they treat all patients the same (because guess what - they probably don’t).
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Forthcoming. If you’re going into/already in science or medicine OR if you support feminism (hopefully everyone), this book is an important siren call for bias awareness.
  • DW
    1970-01-01
    Much of the book focuses on anecdotes of doctors dismissing womens' symptoms simply because the patients are women. "Before [the twentieth century], doctors had no choice but to take patients at their word about what they were experiencing in their bodies." p 69 However, "I spoke to a depressing number of women with a range of conditions who attested to the power of a male relative - whether a partner, a father, or even a son - to help ensure the...
  • Maya
    1970-01-01
    "When it comes to 'active' life expectancy - the number of years living free from significant limitations that prevent you from doing everyday tasks - men have overtaken women in the past three decades. Women still live longer, but men live better longer." (20)"The medical community has viewed women's health with a bikini approach, focusing essentially on the breast and reproductive system." - Dr. Nanette Wenger (27)1 in 3 deaths in women is due ...
  • Sara Kalucza
    1970-01-01
    Albeit a bit repetetive at spots, this is a great and infuriating odyssey through gender bias in the medical world. I think the repetetativeness could actually be helpful for people whit specific interests in certain chapters, pertaining to their own illnesses and experiences. I could for example see my self recommending certain chapters to some of my friends, without them having/wanting to read the whole book. In these cases the repeating of som...
  • Dianne
    1970-01-01
    This book was a very difficult read for me because nearly every page filled me with outrage. Anyone who has gone to the doctor while female will recognize some of the ways that women's suffering has been ignored, dismissed, and marginalized, often leading to delayed diagnoses, additional sufferings, and inflated medical costs. And that is just for diseases with a known somatic basis. Pity the poor woman who suffers from a mystery disease - she is...
  • Alexis
    1970-01-01
    This is an important book on the gender gap in medicine. Maya Dusenbery identifies two main gaps: the knowledge gap and the trust gap. Medicine still lags in including women in clinical trials and in researching conditions that occur only in, more frequently in, or differently in women. Secondly, doctors distrust women, discount their reporting of their symptoms, and ascribe women's pain as psychological--despite data showing that women are not m...
  • Gustavo
    1970-01-01
    There’s not really much else for me to say other than this book really opened my eyes to a lot of issues that I hadn’t known even EXISTED in the medical community and that’s entirely because of the fact that I’m male and identify as a man. As I read the first couple sections of the book, I started talking to my female friends about some of experiences that the book described and I was blown away by the fact that a lot of them had some exp...
  • Kitty Galore
    1970-01-01
    The MeToo movement has highlighted sexist practices in America today. Thoughts about this is that women knew about it long before the press got hold of it. In general why do women allow these things to happen in the first place? What have we been thinking over the Millenia? Were we thinking at all in allowing men to gain the upper hand? At any rate, this book is an extension of the unfair and biased treatment women have received in this country. ...
  • Kira Brighton
    1970-01-01
    As a woman with multiple female-dominant medical conditions (most of which were discussed in this book), I'm thrilled this book exists. It's vital that we have this modern examination of sexism in the medical industry. Some of what's in this book I already knew, from prior research and personal experience, but I still found it to be stunning and educational.I personally related most to chapters 2, 5, and 7, and to some degree, 6. (If you're inter...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Rachel Rickard
    1970-01-01
    Dusenberry’s research has so much breadth and depth, and this is probably my favorite nonfiction read of 2018 so far. Necessary reading for understanding healthcare, disease, and gender.
  • anaïs
    1970-01-01
    important and timely. should be read by all medical professionals.
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    Wow! Everyone should read this book - well researched, important, and shocking.
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    This book...kind of the nutshell review I can give this book is TLDR. I skimmed most the book. I read all of a few chapters in the middle before becoming frustrated with the repetitive feel of the book and skimming again. Each section about different types of illnesses read in a very similar fashion. Women get sick, no one bothers to really find out what is wrong with them, history lesson about the illness and how it has been blamed on "hysteria"...
  • Chris Pederson
    1970-01-01
    A great book.. really challenged me to think differently about pain and other chronic illnesses
  • Busy
    1970-01-01
    "Listen to women. Trust us when we say we're sick. Start there, and you'll find we have a lot of knowledge to share."Good book. Although I have been VERY fortunate (and highly selective) in my mid twenties and later to have NPs and doctors who respect and believe me, I still suffered for years before I got proactive and picky from bad diagnoses and from my doctors just not being familiar with what I had, or by them not listening to me. The prime ...
  • Julie Barrett
    1970-01-01
    I learned a lot of infuriating information from this book that will hopefully improve future interactions I have with doctors. I wish, though, that the information had been presented better. It was quite a slog, getting through this book. Lots and lots of facts, many repetitive and written in a dry, dull style. Reading non fiction books like these make me appreciate it when I do come across a piece of non fiction that is well written.What did thi...
  • Dramatika
    1970-01-01
    An eye opening book how the health care system has been damaging female bodies for years.. As a lifelong sufferer of migraine and endometriosis I experience some of the prejudices myself from real life male and female health care professionals. Lucky for me, the doctors in my country tend to overestimate disease rather than the other way around, even for women. There are no healthy people the saying goes, only under diagnosed ones! Still I know a...
  • Coral Rose
    1970-01-01
    Good book, lots of facts and studies. This book was so depressingly true. Lots of facts and studies, and really highlighted for me some of the reasons that my husband and I approach care providers differently.When I was 6 months pregnant with Miles, I asked for a referral to endocrinology, because my TSH (thyroid hormone) was behaving irregularly (as it always has, since high school) and despite reassuring my midwives that I felt amazing for the ...