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Commentary
November 15, 2006

Fatherhood as a Component of Men's Health

Author Affiliations
 

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute (Dr Garfield and Ms Clark-Kauffman) and Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University (Dr Garfield), Evanston, Ill; and Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Davis).

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2365-2368. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2365

Modern medicine increasingly understands phenomena specific to men's health. The notion of “men's health,” as distinguished from “women's health,” often centers on differences related to diseases of the reproductive organs, to conditions such as cardiovascular disease that manifest differently in part because of the influence of sex-specific hormones, or to shorter life expectancy for men vs women. This conceptualization of men's health, however, overlooks a central aspect of many men's lives—fatherhood.

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