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Gender Medicine

Marek Glezerman

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1497-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"
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From heart disease to pain, women are being diagnosed and treated―wrongly―as if they're smaller men. This essential book is the paradigm-shifting call for change.

Over millions of years, male and female bodies developed crucial physiological differences to improve the chances for human survival. These differences have become culturally obsolete with the overturning of traditional gender roles. But they are nevertheless very real, and they go well beyond the obvious sexual and reproductive variances: men and women differ in terms of digestion, which affects the way medications are absorbed. Sensitivity to pain is dependent on gender. Even the symptoms of a heart attack manifest differently in a man than in a woman.

And yet the medical establishment largely treats male and female patients as though their needs are identical. In fact, medical research is still done predominately on men, and the results are then applied to the treatment of women. This is clearly problematic and calls for a paradigm change―such a paradigm change is the purpose of Gender Medicine

Marek Glezerman, M.D. is Professor Emeritus Chairman of Gender Medicine and chairman of the Ethics Committee at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. In the past he has chaired three major departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Israel. He is a past president of the International Society for Gender Medicine, the founding president of the Israel Society for Gender Medicine, and Director of the Research Center for Gender Medicine at the Rabin Medical Center. He is also a member of the Israel Ministry of Health's National Council for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Genetics and Perinatology. He has written and/or edited five books and published more than 330 scientific articles in professional journals and chapters in obstetric and gynecologic texts.

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