Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block
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Overview: An eye-opening, investigative account of the dismal state of women’s healthcare in the U.S.
One of Elle’s "30 Best Books to Read This Summer"
American women visit more doctors, have more surgery, and fill more prescriptions than men. In Everything Below the Waist, Jennifer Block asks: Why is the life expectancy of women today declining relative to women in other high-income countries, and even relative to the generation before them? Block examines several staples of modern women’s health care, from fertility technology to contraception to pelvic surgery to miscarriage treatment, and finds that while overdiagnosis and overtreatment persist in medicine writ large, they are particularly acute for women. One third of mothers give birth by major surgery; roughly half of women lose their uterus to hysterectomy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Health, Fitness & Medical