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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 2, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2246. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2246-d

At a recent meeting, the Melbourne University council, according to the Australasian Medical Gazette, discussed the question of the accommodation for women medical students in the study of anatomy. It was pointed out that as the women occupy a separate room they are at a disadvantage, and one of the professors expressed a decided opinion in favor of the men and women using the same dissecting room, but he said that the women, in view of opinions being expressed that there was impropriety in the practice, did not care to adopt it. As the Gazette points out, if women are to be admitted to the medical curriculum at all, and especially if they attend coeducational schools, they must be prepared to work alongside of men students throughout their whole course; and any suggestion that they should receive separate instruction is based on false sentiment. The two sexes must meet in the postmortem room and in the hospital wards, and if they must be associated in the later part of their curriculum, surely there can be no objection to such a practice when they are studying anatomy. There need be no more impropriety in the conscientious study of human anatomy than in the study of botany or biology; the impropriety is not in the subject, but in the attitude of mind of the student.

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