Medicine's Biggest Blind Spot - Women's Bodies

February 12, 2019

What do these stories have in common? A “funny” pain in a neck is ignored until it’s almost too late. A physician treats a patient for anxiety but misses the signs of a failing heart valve. An issue with blood flow to the brain is misdiagnosed as major depression disorder. All of these patients have been trapped by medicine’s biggest blind spot: our lack of knowledge about how women’s bodies work.

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The most important medical issue ever: And why you need to know more about it

January 8, 2019

Diagnosis. It is the cause of what ails you. It’s the linchpin for the medicines you take, the treatments you get, and the surgeries you may have. Diagnosis is a process that involves many people and moving parts, but it begins with you. You are the central member of a team of experts working to identify what is causing your symptoms.

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About the Dx IQ Column

Getting it right is so important, and not always easy to do. That’s why the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is sharing this series of columns.

Our goal is to help you understand how important your role is. We want you to be informed and well prepared for every kind of medical interaction that leads to a diagnosis.

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