of dr. bias against women. (Remember that pain I didn’t have? That pneumonia I didn’t have?)
In the study, male and female medical students were given case reports of a 48-year-old man and a 58-year-old women (by age, at equal risk for heart disease). Both patients had identical cardiac symptoms and half of each of their profiles mentioned that the patient was experiencing stress from the denial of a job promotion. The addition of anxiety to a case history brought out a strong gender bias in diagnosis. By in large, both male and female medical students referred the anxious male patient to a cardiologist. In contrast, the majority of the medical students sent the anxious female patient with exactly the same symptoms to a psychologist.
According to this article, even if I had remembered to tell the doctor he’d have blown me off.