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July 24/31, 2002

Women in MedicineThis Side of Doctoring: Reflections From Women in Medicine

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(4):515-516. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.515-JBK0724-3-1

One of the many lessons learned from the second wave of feminism in the United States is that women cannot be spoken of as a discrete sociological category. Not all women possess the same qualities by virtue of their biology, which is one among many factors—race, social class, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and others—that collectively form a person's identity. Applying this belief to medicine, we came to recognize that no uniform category for "female physician" exists—that a white, female family doctor in rural Iowa may have some common characteristics with a Latina general surgeon in New York City but that many other aspects of their circumstances diverge, regardless of their shared biology. Thus, any collection of readings on women in medicine faces the difficult task of how to chronicle the wide experiences of women as women in the profession without claiming that an all-inclusive, generalizable category exists. Yet This Side of Doctoring: Reflections From Women in Medicine, Eliza Lo Chin's collection of 140 stories, essays, and poems, succeeds in compiling what Janet Bickel, who writes the foreword, calls a "welcome network of like experiences."

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