While the Brainerd Public Library is not hosting in-person events, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be presented as live events on the “Friends of the Brainerd Public Library” Facebook page.

At noon on Monday, Feb. 1, author and journalist Maya Dusenbery will discuss her award-winning book “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick.”

Dusenbery is a journalist, editor, and author. She has been interviewed about gender bias in medicine on NPR’s Fresh Air, Good Morning America, and countless radio shows and podcasts. She regularly gives talks on the subject to students, health care providers, patient advocates, researchers, and biomedical industry employees. Before becoming a full-time writer, Maya worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. She received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008.

In “Doing Harm,” Dusenbery weaves together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today. It explores the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system. Women have been discharged from the emergency room mid-heart attack with a prescription for anti-anxiety meds, while others with autoimmune diseases have been labeled "chronic complainers" for years before being properly diagnosed.

A New York Times Editors’ Choice pick, “Doing Harm” was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR and Library Journal. It was the winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for general nonfiction.

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A Minnesota native, Dusenbery is currently based in Portland, Oregon.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Friendsofthebrainerdpubliclibrary.