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Twenty years ago, Judy Grande was disturbed by a visit to her gynecologist. There was nothing wrong with her health—the problem was her doctor, a man who cracked jokes about the size of her breasts. In another incident, a male internist ignored her complaints and symptoms, and thereby missed the onset of a chronic illness. Grande’s own diagnosis was that male doctors don’t listen to women patients, and her Rx is A Guide to Women Physicians in the Washington D.C. Area, a new book detailing 540 private and hospital-based women doctors. “Their communication skills are, for the most part, better,” Grande says. “They listen more, they are more honest and more direct. Male doctors still tend to patronize.” If that sounds sexist, the world could use more sexism—the August New England Journal of Medicine reported that women, especially women with chronic illnesses, get better care from similarly chromosomed doctors. “Doctors are intimidating,” Grande explains. “You might be a bulldog in your professional life, but when you are in a sterile room, you’re sick, you’re more vulnerable, it is easier to find your concerns pushed aside. That is more likely to happen when you are being treated by a man.”