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May 24/31, 2000

Women's HealthA Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis is editor and Dr Winker is deputy editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2714. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2714

During the 1960s, women began to express their desire for more gender balance in health care.1 However, it was not until the 1990s that the special health care needs of women began to be addressed.

In the last decade of the 20th century, a number of significant strides were made to enhance the health of women. These include (1) the establishment of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health,2 then under the directorship of Bernadine Healy, MD3; (2) an increase in the number and percentage of female physicians4 (in 1998 they numbered 177,030, which is 23% of the total) who generally practice in a manner more acceptable to women5; (3) the publication of the Journal of Women's Health,6 and a substantial increase in the number of articles on women's health published in other journals; and (4) a national conference to consider the possible creation of a medical specialty in women's health.7

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