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Staff Picks: Elinor Cleghorn On 'Unwell Women'

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Renee Bright
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In early medical history, medical professionals — who were almost always men —expected women’s bodies to produce children. But women’s very ability to have children also helped convince these male physicians that women’s bodies were unwell.

Author and researcher Dr. Elinor Cleghorn became an unwell woman herself in 2010, when she was diagnosed with a chronic disease. That diagnosis sent her researching how myths and misunderstandings around women’s bodies continue to persist in today’s modern medical care — leading to misdiagnosis, suffering and blame. Elinor Cleghorn joins us Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. to talk about the importance of understanding illnesses in women and why it is so crucial to listen to our bodies.

Elinor Cleghorn’s book is Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World.

Here's what RadioWest producer Tim Slover has to say about this episode: 

Elinor Cleghorn has just about everything you’d want in a guest. She’s deeply knowledgeable, passionate about her subject and she communicates her ideas with ease. Oh, and she’s got a British accent. We love British accents around here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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