Gender Disparities in MedicineOctober 18, 2017 |
by Reshmin Kaur Cheema
In the era of booming feminism whereby women demand rightful recognition in a wide array of aspects, the field of medicine has to face the facts. Until roughly two decades ago, aside from differences in reproductive systems, the male body has been the universal model for anatomy – as there was little knowledge that gender mattered in Western medicine.
Also, clinical trials recruited mainly males back then; and results were held as “the evidence base” for the diagnosis and treatment of both genders equally. Interestingly, medication dosages were classically altered for patient size and women were deemed as “small men”.