A Brown University physician and professor shows how all medical research and practice is based on male-centric models that ignore the unique biological and emotional differences between men and women—an omission that endangers women's lives.
... [a] widely researched, convincing look at how male-centric medicine came to be, how it works in practice, and how it jeopardizes the health of women in America and around the world ... An important book for women and those who care about and for them.
The unconscious sex bias in medical knowledge...is fairly jaw-dropping stuff ... McGregor is kickass; a respected crusader. If you’re a woman, she’s definitely the doctor you’d want to see in an emergency or to install as head of medical education, but it’s fair to say she’s not the greatest writer. Her book is unashamedly activist; a how-to guide for obtaining better treatment. Certainly for a British audience, it suffers from stridency and repetition, and McGregor is not personally modest. But skip over the hype and the core content is hair-raising and potentially life-saving.
The author is to be commended for showing how medicine has long skewed male and harmed women. Especially spot-in are the later chapters on implicit bias, treatment of women of color, and issues affecting trans individuals. The author concludes with to-do lists, questions women can ask their providers, and suggestions for advocacy roles to raise awareness of the issues. Good ammunition for mandating sex- and gender-based differences in health professional education, research, and practice.