This Won't Hurt

This Won't Hurt How Medicine Fails Women

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A hugely informative and quietly furious call to arms.' IRISH TIMES

'A ground-breaking new book.' EVENING STANDARD

'A must read.' DAILY EXPRESS

'She is balanced in her evidence analysis, forensic in her research.' TELEGRAPH

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A vital subject that needs to be discussed -KATY HESSEL, AUTHOR OF THE STORY OF ART WITHOUT MEN

'A valuable sociological perspective on women's bodies and health and an even more valuable (and optimistic) view of a better future for all.' GINA RIPPON


The idea that medicine is gender-neutral is a myth. This isn't inflammatory rhetoric; it's simply true. From the way pain is felt, to how heart attacks are diagnosed, to the very role society plays in the health of the body, the medical landscape in place today is one that was designed for, and by, men.

This book is about all the ways medicine is not gender-neutral, from research to treatment to diagnosis. Throughout history, flawed mindsets have paved the way for sub-par treatment, and the prevailing attitudes that still exist today have had terrible repercussions for women and their bodies.

Blending fascinating examples with historical and cultural context, and reflecting on her own personal experience with healthcare, Dr Marieke Bigg explores how women's bodies have been ignored, misunderstood and misdiagnosed, whilst keeping an eye to a better future. This is a sharp and honest must-read, and an empowering tool for anyone committed to making this world safer to navigate for all.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529377729
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: Hodder
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.1082
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 238g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 23mm