This Won’t Hurt

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Author: Marieke Bigg

Category: Society & social sciences

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781529377729

RRP: $26.99

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‘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

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.

Asking all the right questions about the treatment of women’s bodies and more importantly, answering them. Punchy, fascinating and vital.

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

A vital subject that needs to be discussed

A brilliant book…There is so much to unlearn, there is so much that also follows in terms of how medicine could support – rather than fail – half the world’s population. – Helen Pankhurst

‘[Marieke] is balanced in her evidence analysis, forensic in her research.’ – Telegraph

‘A hugely informative and quietly furious call to arms… with the skill and methodological precision of a surgeon.’ – Irish Times

‘A ground-breaking new book.’ EVENING STANDARD

– Evening Standard

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