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WORD Presents Maya Dusenbery for DOING HARM in conversation with Susannah Cahalan

    04/17/2018 - 7:00pm

    Join us for an invigorating discussion of healthcare, women's rights, and incredible survival stories with the editor of Feministing Maya Dusenbery & New York Post's Susannah Cahalan. Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.

    About the Book

    In Doing Harm, Dusenbery explores the deep, systemic problems that underlie women's experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system. Women have been discharged from the emergency room mid-heart attack with a prescription for anti-anxiety meds, while others with autoimmune diseases have been labeled "chronic complainers" for years before being properly diagnosed. Women with endometriosis have been told they are just overreacting to "normal" menstrual cramps, while still others have "contested" illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia that, dogged by psychosomatic suspicions, have yet to be fully accepted as "real" diseases by the whole of the profession. Offering a clear-eyed explanation of the root causes of this insidious and entrenched bias and laying out its sometimes catastrophic consequences, Doing Harm is a rallying wake-up call that will change the way we look at health care for women.

    About the Author

    MAYA DUSENBERY is a writer and editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com. She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist for Pacific Standard magazine. Before becoming a journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

    About the In-conversation Partner

    Susannah Cahalan is an American journalist and author, known for writing the memoir Brain on Fire, about her hospitalization with a rare auto-immune disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. 

     

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Doing Harm! Please note that if a copy of the event book is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well. 

    Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick Cover Image
    $27.99
    ISBN: 9780062470805
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: HarperOne - March 6th, 2018

    Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today.


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    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9781451621389
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

    An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

    When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten t


    $5.00
    SKU: harmvoucher

    This voucher is good towards entrance to this event in our Brooklyn location. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Doing Harm! Please note that if a copy of the event book is purchased at the store, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well.