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Re: Article about women being mislabled as 'hysterics' and sexism in medicine

I was delighted to see this addressed on the tv show Grey's Anatomy last month.

On the women surgeons, in fact the chief of surgery at her hospital, was on the
way to work when she began experiencing symptoms of a heart attack and told
her husband to drop her off at another hospital they were just passing.

After an EKG failed to show any abnormalities, the male doctor chalked it up to
female oversensitivity (hysteria), completely discounting her years of medical
school and doctoring. Frustrated she finally sends a text to one of her own
surgeons, knowing that even in an ambulance during the ride to her hopsital
she could have a serious heart attack and die.

She chats with the woman in the bed next to her while waiting, and when that
woman experiences her own crisis with no one answering calls for help, she
jumps in to save the other woman's life, thereby exerting her own heart and
putting herself in danger.

The other doctor from her own hospital arrives just as she steps away from the
patient she's been helping and collapses in full heart attack crisis herself. She
is quickly taken to surgery and survives (thankfully as this show has a habit of
killing of main characters).

Do I believe that a male doctor would totally discredit and invalidate a woman's
personal recounting of illness or pain, even if that woman is also a doctor?
Hell, yes I do.
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