Today I’m joined by Maya Dusenbery, a writer, the editor of Feministing.com, and the author of the new book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, which explores how gender bias in medicine is harming women.
In this episode we discuss the unconscious biases against women that exist in medicine, where these biases come from historically, and how activism and spreading awareness can help shed light on the issue. It’s time for the medical system to start trusting women’s voices, and it’s going to take big change from health care providers – and brave action from patients – to make it happen.
“Throughout medical history women’s activism has been very important in creating change.” @MayaDusenbery
- Why Maya decided to write Doing Harm
- The historical origin of gender bias in medicine
- Why bias affects both male and female providers
- How bias gets imbued in medical school
- Bias in medical research
- What YOU can do
- Why activism is key
Links from the Show
- Get your copy of Doing Harm
- Read my article about How to Talk to Your Doctor and Get the Health Care You Need
- Read my article about Why I Don't Wear a White Coat
- Read The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Nakazawa
- Connect with Maya: