5. Woman and Medicine part 1: Elinor Cleghorn, Unwell Women

5. Woman and Medicine part 1: Elinor Cleghorn, Unwell Women

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In this episode, I talk with Elinor Cleghorn about her book, Unwell Women.

And because we had so much to chat about, this conversation was split into two parts. I recommend listening to the episodes in order!

Being misdiagnosed, misunderstood, or simply not believed about your own body is an all too common experience for women today. Elinor Cleghorn helps us understand how we got here, arguing that medicine is every bit as social and cultural as it is scientific.

In part one, we discuss:

  1. How we see medicine’s painful legacy manifest today
  2. Elinor’s story as an unwell woman
  3. The 'wandering womb' of ancient Greece
  4. Why women were positioned as inferior when their “special” organ is the very one that gives life to all humans (read: power)
  5. Witch trials in Medieval Europe
  6. The “debilitating disease” of menstruation and how its still surrounded by misunderstanding and prejudiced beliefs

And more!

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The quotes you will hear read during the interview are taken directly from the book, Unwell Women.

Transcription is available here

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