Book Review of Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block  Jennifer Block has interviewed people all over the country, and a few more. She teaches about women’s reproductive health by telling stories: a midwife not legally allowed to assist in her client’s breech birth but managing to support her through the rejections by two hospitals; stories from the early years of health feminism when viewing one’s own cervix was an empowering act; the famous and heart-breaking story of Amy Reed, a woman who died of cancer after her uterus and fibroids were…

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Which side effects are common enough to be mentioned, and which are rare enough to be left unsaid? It’s your body, your appointment and the doctor is your consultant. Ask for the information you want. Once when my mother was visiting me, we went to a dollar store and she bought something that surprised me — a book about pills that discussed which medicines are for what conditions and what their side effects are. As soon as we got home, she pulled out the book and a pill bottle and searched the pages. She nearly wept when she read that…

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