Maya Dusenbery on How Medical Gaslighting Sidelines Women’s Health Problems
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In this episode, Adrienne interviews journalist Maya Dusenbery, author of the book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. When Dusenbery was unexpectedly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it opened her eyes to the ways that women are often mistreated in medicine. She wanted to learn more about the gender bias in medicine, and so dove into research. She interviewed doctors, researchers, and patients to learn more about how and why women so often suffer with chronic conditions for years without a diagnosis or treatment. Listen to learn the startling statistics about how chronic disease disproportionately affects women, why the gender bias in research emerged, what medical gaslighting is and why it happens, what women can do to protect themselves against sexism in medicine, and much more. Join the conversation at the written version of the article here:

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