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  • 04/2022
  • 978-1-64742-401-5 ‎ B09CD3TCXS
  • 200 pages
  • $16.95
Susan Salenger
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Sidelined

Adult; Health, Diet, Parenting, Home, Crafts & Gardening; (Market)

In SIDELINED: How Women Manage & Mismanage Their Health, Susan Salenger researches the question most women ask themselves at one time or another, “Why did I agree to that? SIDELINED: How Women Manage & Mismanage Their Health examines the many ways in which women manage and sometimes mismanage their healthcare. Researcher and author Susan Salenger describes how women, the medical gatekeepers for their families, are extremely conscientious about taking care of themselves. They choose their doctors carefully, visit them more frequently than men, and stay on top of all health information. Yet, women tend to inadvertently undermine their own health. They’re so focused on taking care of their families that they sometimes fail to stop and ask doctors the necessary questions when it comes to their own healthcare. As a result, they may end up with inaccurate treatments and unnecessary procedures. In SIDELINED, Salenger also explores the cultural and medical history that has conditioned women not to act in their own best interest. She offers insights into the gender biases of the medical community, explores why women are misdiagnosed more often than men and why they are routinely omitted from clinical trials. Designed to help women become more consciously aware, SIDELINED will provide readers with the knowledge, language, and skill sets needed to ensure that women are comfortable advocating for themselves when it comes to their own personal healthcare.
Reviews
Salenger debuts with a passionate treatise on helping women make their medical care and physical health a priority. Drawing from her own experiences, including her past regret at consenting to an unnecessary surgery at the behest of her doctor, as well as interviews with over 40 women about their medical decisions, Salenger outlines why women may be reluctant to take control of their health outcomes—and clear-eyed advice on how readers can take charge. Salenger also exposes the history of gender bias in the medical field alongside critical issues like misdiagnoses and the role pharmaceutical companies play in women’s health.

Her findings are persuasive and troubling. Salenger sounds the alarm at women being prescribed significantly more medication than men (despite, as she asserts, women experiencing increased side effects from those medications), reveals the nuances behind their reluctance to question doctors, and argues that women allow their own health to suffer because they blame themselves for getting sick or they’re too busy taking care of others to prioritize their own well being. She attributes a large share of these issues to women themselves, contending that their “caretaking mindset” leads them to postpone needed medical procedures and gives rise to a wait-and-see approach to their own health. Salenger’s goal is to help women break these “negative and potentially vicious cycles.”

The emphasis throughout is on what women can do to more effectively communicate with the medical establishment rather than what changes and accommodations that establishment itself must make. She encourages women to take charge of their medical treatment, including recommendations for changing their conversational style with doctors. Sidelined urges readers to challenge some tendencies of mind it ascribes to many American women—especially the fear of being labeled a difficult patient, or the belief that it’s not one’s place to disagree with doctors—that feed that vicious cycle limiting women’s access to quality healthcare. Women seeking ways to better navigate medical systems will find some helpful suggestions.

Takeaway: An eye-opening examination of gender bias in healthcare, with advice for women to take charge.

Great for fans of: Bernadine Healy’s A New Prescription for Women’s Health, Jennifer Block’s Everything Below the Waist.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2022
  • 978-1-64742-401-5 ‎ B09CD3TCXS
  • 200 pages
  • $16.95

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