6. Woman and Medicine part 2: Elinor Cleghorn, Unwell Women

6. Woman and Medicine part 2: 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 two, we discuss:

  1. Medical feminism, and how women are not just unwell women but have fought for women’s rights - in health and in life - throughout all of medicine’s troubling history
  2. Pregnancy - how history can help us understands today’s dire rates of maternal mortality (especially for Black and other marginalised women)
  3. Male birth control... or lack thereof
  4. The rebranding of hysteria and how we see it play out in the 19th and 20th centuries
  5. Why telling your story is so important and how we can join together as a collective force to continue building on what all those who came before us have achieved

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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