Women are people too
For women, this is a particularly difficult relationship. “Historically, medicine has treated women badly as consumers of its services, both as providers of these services and as objects of medical research,” said Laila A. Wallis, Ph.D., Clinical Professor at the Cornell University School of Medicine in New York, and Perry Klass, MD, a student of infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital. Women often complain that doctors do not take them seriously, they consider the symptoms they list as far-fetched or psychosomatic. ”
Dr. Wallis and Dr. Klass note that when it comes to diseases that affect both men and women, research is often performed on groups of patients consisting solely of men, and the results apply to women, “as if men were the only carriers of all the properties inherent in man. " Let us turn to studies carried out at the expense of the National Institutes of Health.
The study of ways to prevent heart disease (including the use of small doses of aspirin) was based on long-term follow-up of 40,000 men, despite the fact that heart disease ranks first among the causes of death and women too.
The report, entitled Normal process of human aging, contains data obtained entirely from studies of men,
The well-known concept of type A personality (ambitiousness, aggressiveness) was developed on the basis of a study of 4,000 California business men.
Worst of all, the fact that less than 13 percent are assigned to research related to women's health. According to the Federal Main Budget and Audit Office, national health institutes spend less than 2 percent on obstetrics and gynecology and less than 0.5 percent on research on breast cancer.