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Pain and Prejudice: A call to arms for women and their bodies

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'Women are in pain, all through their bodies; they're in pain with their periods, and while having sex; they have pelvic pain, migraine, headaches, joint aches, painful bladders, irritable bowels, sore lower backs, muscle pain, vulval pain, vaginal pain, jaw pain, muscle aches. And many are so, so tired ... But women's pain is all too often dismissed, their illnesses misdi ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Allen & Unwin
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Cass Moriarty
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Journalist Gabrielle Jackson was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001 and after writing about her experiences in The Guardian in 2015, and subsequently being overwhelmed with emails from other women who had suffered similar experiences, she focussed her interest on how women’s pain is treated in our modern healthcare systems. The result is her non-fiction book Pain and Prejudice (Allen and Unwin 2019), a brilliant and powerful examination of how the pain and suffering of women are treated ...more
Sam
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be a high school text book and compulsory reading for all doctors.
Krista McCracken
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read that I recommend to any folks living with chronic pain, pelvic pain, or who have overlapping pain conditions. A broad look at the medical field's failure to research, listen, and treat pain in women and gender non conforming folks.
Armelle Davies
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every woman and person with female sex organs should read this book. Every medical professional should read this book. Hell, every man should read this book so they can understand how utterly woefully the medical establishment has treated women in real and debilitating pain.

Jackson takes us through the history of how medicine has reacted to women’s bodies and pain, from thinking all women’s health problems came from a ‘wandering uterus’ or hysteria, and more recently from hormones or
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Tara
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book, I found the colloquial and casual language jarring but I realised that it is one of the benefits of this book: it’s accessible. It presents a broad discussion of women’s bodies (with inclusive language which was much appreciated and will hopefully become the norm in future books discussing pelvic and reproductive health problem). It’s presented as a book about endometriosis but it’s the overall picture that is actually the focus of the book so if you have ...more
SHR
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
3.5

Easy to read and interesting. Based on research, interviews and personal experience. It explores the way women's pain is perceived and treated differently to men's pain. It rates a little lower for me because it became repetitive. Having said that it is a worthwhile read on an important topic.
Meg
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the age of 12, I saw probably over 100 doctors, specialists, surgeons, physios, and alternative medicine practitioners. I wish just one of them had read this book so that it hadn't taken more than 20 years for me to get a diagnosis.
Scoots
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for all women and allies.
Megan De
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read - not just for those interested in women’s health but for anyone who is a woman or knows a woman!
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