Unwell Women

Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World

History , General History
Paperback Published on: 07/07/2022
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Unwell Women
An essential book to understand the legacy of gender bias
Can only describe this as a "wow" book that everyone should read. "Now more than ever we need medicine to face up to its history. Medicine has inherited... READ MORE
Violet Daniels
Unwell Women
A history of women's pain
This book was fascinating to read! It is a history lesson in itself, that women's health and medicine was evidenced with years of myth, theology and ignora... READ MORE


We are taught that medicine is the art of solving our body's mysteries. And as a science, we expect medicine to uphold the principles of evidence and impartiality. We want our doctors to listen to us and care for us as people, but we also need their assessments of our pain and fevers, aches and exhaustion to be free of any prejudice about who we are, our gender, or the colour of our skin. But medicine carries the burden of its own troubling history. The history of medicine, of illness, is a history of people, of their bodies and their lives, not just physicians, surgeons, clinicians and researchers. And medical progress has always reflected the realities of a changing world, and the meanings of being human.

In Unwell Women Elinor Cleghorn unpacks the roots of the perpetual misunderstanding, mystification and misdiagnosis of women's bodies, and traces the journey from the 'wandering womb' of ancient Greece, the rise of witch trials in Medieval Europe, through the dawn of Hysteria, to modern day understandings of autoimmune diseases, the menopause and conditions like endometriosis.

Packed with character studies of women who have suffered, challenged and rewritten medical orthodoxy - and drawing on her own experience of un-diagnosed Lupus disease - this is a ground-breaking and timely expose of the medical world and woman's place within it.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474616874
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 36 mm

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Unwell Women
Shocking, brilliant and important piece of work
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in health, feminism and gender inequality. It is a very well written and fascinating read while at times ... READ MORE
Ditte Sørensen
Unwell Women
did not finish
Unfortunately, I DNF after leaving it to one side for a while after starting to read it. I don't disagree that the book is full of info and a very importa... READ MORE
Unwell Women
Women know best about themselves
This book is a must read not only for women but for all genders and will resonate strongly with large groups of people. To read this book is to have your i... READ MORE
Unwell Women
A must read for all women
If I could give it more stars I would. ****** This was such an inspirational, informative and insightful read and, in my personal opinion, should be a must... READ MORE
Isabel Sojka
Unwell Women
Absolutely shocked. That’s how I would summarize my own reactions to reading this book. In “Unwell Women”, Elinor Cleghorn describes the history of constan... READ MORE