A fellow first-year medical student and a preceptor in our interviewing course had not made it past the third word in the analysis of the student's patient history write-up.
“I don't understand why ‘female’ is wrong and ‘woman’ is right,” said the student.
“Because ‘female’ could apply to a human or to an animal. It's dehumanizing,” replied the preceptor.
“But it's objective and scientific, and it's how I was taught,” the student insisted.
van Schaik KD. “Taking” a History. JAMA. 2010;304(11):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1323