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Pain and Prejudice: Arifa Akbar, Alice Hattrick and Elinor Cleghorn

A journey through the historic origins of societal misunderstandings and misdiagnoses that have led to discrimination against women, past and present.

From the rise of the witch trials in Medieval England to modern knowledge of the menopause and eating disorders, examine the misunderstandings and misdiagnoses that have led to discrimination against women, past and present.

Drawing on their works, ‘Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World’ (Elinor Cleghorn), ‘Ill Feelings’ (Alice Hattrick) and ‘Consumed: A Sister’s Story’ (Arifa Akbar), Cleghorn, Hattrick and Akbar take us on a journey through medical history and the women who experience and write about it. Looking at historic and contemporary examples, they examine the historic origins of societal misunderstandings and misdiagnoses that have led to discrimination against women, past and present.