ashleyholstrom's review against another edition
From Get Your Bleed on: 5 Important Books about Periods and the Best Books We Read in February 2018 at Book Riot.
gdonahue's review against another edition
First - CW: there are a lot! Child abuse, ED, chronic illness, gaslighting, graphic depictions of medical procedures (including an autopsy). Just a heads up, because while I went in expecting plenty of medical stuff, I didn’t necessarily expect everything else.
Second: I think this book has been poorly marketed. The back cover lists genre as memoir/health, and this is accurate, but the title, subtitle, jacket description, and reviews that I have read all caused me to expect something that was at least 50/50 scientific research and memoir. The science in this book and the sections where the author discusses the history of medical misogyny and the failures (especially of the American medical system) to effectively diagnose and treat women, were by far my favorite sections of the book. The writing was mostly clear and made interesting historical and scientific arguments for this failure. Unfortunately, for this reader, those sections were maybe 20% of the book, while the other 80% was memoir. Perhaps if I had been primed for a memoir, I would have read this book differently, but I really went in expecting a personally informed but clarifying take on issues with the way the medical system diagnoses and treats women. Instead I found myself reading hundreds of pages about the author’s first relationship, childhood trauma, emancipation from her parents, relationships with mother figures, connections to the early internet, precocity that led strangers to remark that she probably went to medical school, etc. The author has clearly been through a lot, and I think it is incredibly important to have full, living and breathing depictions of people living with chronic illness, but this book didn’t feel particularly honest or groundbreaking, but more like a lengthy blog post that kind of rambled and didn’t make a cogent argument. I’m not sure I would recommend this book to others and it really left me wishing I had read something different in the end.
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Graphic: Eating disorder and Suicide attempt
Moderate: Suicidal thoughts and Vomit