As part of my women’s health series, I chat to Maya Dusenbery about her new book, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. We spend our conversation talking about the book and all that she discovered about the history of ignoring and/or disbelieving women’s pain and the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system.
Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.
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Maya Dusenbery is a journalist, editor of the feminist site Feministing.com, and the author of the book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has also appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, HuffPost, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch magazine, Teen Vogue, New York Post, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health.
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