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Women and Doctors: A Physician's Explosive Account of Women's Medical Treatment- And Mistreatment-In America Today and What You Can Do About It Hardcover – May, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; First Edition edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087113523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871135230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Many women already recognize sexism in the medical establishment, but they may confront it more readily after reading this frank, alarming and firmly stated indictment of ob/gyn practices. Smith, a gynecologist for more than two decades, interviewed and monitored "thousands of physicians" while founding a Colorado health company5 . Here, he exposes a faulty peer-review system among doctors; a high incidence of hysterectomies based on misdiagnosis, greed or the attitude that the uterus is a "disposable organ"; unnecessary interference in pregnancies; and insensitive sexual counseling. Disturbing case histories back up Smith's controversial assertions that gynecology should be primarily a women's profession and that midwives should assume a more visible obstetric role. His advice about selecting an ob/gyn specialist, reporting sexual harassment, and positively reinforcing appropriate behavior is realistic and encouraging. This important, cautionary survey alerts women to their need for second opinions before surgery and to their rights as patients.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Smith's book is just one of several recent titles that question America's healthcare practices (see Walt Bogdonich's The Great White Lie , LJ 11/15/91, and Nancy Wainer Cohen's Open Season , LJ 11/1/91). Like Cohen, Smith questions the appropriateness of males as gynecologists, claiming that a male cannot empathize with, or even fully understand, a female patient's problems. He says a male gynecologist is too quick to operate, suggesting that a female physician would make different, and perhaps better, decisions. He also questions a male doctor's reasons for choosing the field of gynecology. Interestingly, Smith himself is both male and a gynecologist. He draws heavily on his own experience for shocking anecdotes, but he weakens his arguments by his failure to document appropriately when he uses outside sources. However, he does offer a helpful section covering the most common gynecological problems and outlining treatment options. He also discusses questions a patient should ask her doctor. An interesting book, but not a necessary purchase.
- KellyJo Houtz Parish, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Sch. of Medicine Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on April 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Women should read this book as if their life depended on it, because it COULD! I was not only astonished by what I read, but I was struck by the courage of Dr.John M. Smith for saying what women desperately need to hear first-hand! I bought copies for my daughters to read before they ever step foot into a doctor's office. I hope, not only for myself but for future generations of women, this book causes women to take not only their health more seriously, but their well-being. We should each demand the quality of care each of us rightfully deserve and men take for granted!
Dr. Smith brings about the real question should men be allowed to be Ob/Gyn? Read this book BEFORE you answer this poignant question!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Randazzo on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was a real eye opener. It has very valuable information in it. You won't regret buying this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I considered this book my "Bible" getting through some very difficult health problems - ovarian remnant syndrome, allergy to metal clips and staples left during laproscopic procedurins with out my knowledge and requiring an extensive lapa- rotomy for their removal. The book gave my courage to endure some obscure health problems. While reading it, I felt someone had been in the examining room with me videotaping my appointments with doctors. It helped me deal with my doctors and the problems left behind. I would like to find lthe doctor's address and write him and thankhim for writing the book. It should be read by every female before they have any gyn procedure.
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