More emphasis is needed on treating pain in women

03/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

More research is needed on why men and women react differently to drugs, along with an emphasis on training physicians to do a better job diagnosing and treating pain in women, writes Laurie Edwards, author of "In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America." Women with chronic pain may not receive appropriate care and can have their pain declared an emotional or mental health issue, she writes.

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