The Painful Woman: Complaints, Symptoms, and Illness

  • Don R. Lipsitt
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


These words by the satirist H. L. Mencken were no less inflammatory in 1922 than they are today. They were the product not only of a curmudgeonly journalist but also of the social climate in which they were written. The suggestion that women often were complainers racked with pain was abundantly promoted from the stage by playwrights of the day. Today, more modern versions of the same theme, that women are the “weaker(and sicker) sex,” find their way into cartoons, medical advertisements, and other media.


Anorexia Nervosa Chronic Pelvic Pain Psychosomatic Medicine Body Experience Illness Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don R. Lipsitt
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  1. 1.Departments of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School and Mount Auburn HospitalCambridgeUSA

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