Women are people too
For women, this is especially difficult folding relationship. “Historically, medicine was not a good attitude toward women, both as consumers of its services, and as providing these services, and as objects of medical research, said Layla A. Wallis, Ph.D., a clinical professor with the medical faculty of Cornell University in New York, and Perry Klass, MD, who studies children's infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital. Women often complain that doctors do not take them seriously, consider the symptoms they list as far-fetched or psychosomatic. ”
Dr. Wallis and Dr. Klass point out that when it comes to diseases that affect both men and women, research is often done on groups of patients consisting solely of men, and the results apply to women “as if men were the only bearers of all properties inherent in man. " Let us turn to studies carried out at the expense of the National Institutes of Health.
A study of ways to prevent heart disease (including using small doses of aspirin) was based on the long-term observation of 40,000 men, despite the fact that heart disease is in the first place among the causes of death and women too.
The report entitled The Normal Human Aging Process contains data derived entirely from male studies,
The well-known concept of type A personality (ambition, aggressiveness) was developed based on a study of 4,000 Californian men doing business.
Worst of all, the fact that research related to the health of women, released less than 13 percent. According to the Federal Main Budgetary Control Office, the national health institutes spend less than 2 percent on obstetrics and gynecology and less than 0.5 percent on breast cancer research.