Women's health-- missing from U.S. medicine

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Indiana University Press, 1994 - Social Science - 213 pages
The male-centered focus of clinical research has led to the understudy and underfunding of womenÕs diseases; the exclusion of women from experimental drug trials; and the failure to understand the health of the elderly, who are mostly female. WomenÕs Health critiques male-focused medical research and health care practice and explores solutions available through medical education to make womenÕs health and well-being share the focus of the medical mission. Sue Rosser begins her critique by examining ethical problems raised by an androcentric focus in clinical research. Then she examines the problems such a focus raises in internal medicine, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology. Chapters trace the origins of gender bias in clinical specialty research to its roots in the related basic science discipline. The next three chapters underline the profound effects that the understudy of womenÕs health has for particular subpopulations of women. Virtually no research has been undertaken that acknowledges the diversity among women; minority women, lesbians, and elderly women largely have been ignored in the scant research that has centered on womenÕs health needs. In the last section of the book, means of overcoming these biases are proposed through implementation of changes in methodologies, curricula, classroom and clinical climates, teaching methods, and evaluation in medical education. Sure Rosser is a feminist medical educator with a missionÑa mission to decenter the current medical model in order to make it more inclusive and human.

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Sue V. Rosser is dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and a professor of history, technology, and society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her most recent book is The Science Glass Ceiling.

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