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JAMA Revisited
September 8, 2015

Women in Medicine

JAMA. 2015;314(10):1076. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11972

American women have long since won a place in all the professions which they desire to enter. In this country there is no longer any question of women’s “right” to do any work which they care for. There is no longer any serious difficulty confronting a woman who wishes to get a first-class medical education. All is smooth sailing thus far.

It is after graduation that the problems and difficulties arise. What next? No law prevents woman from occupying and cultivating any of the three great fields of medicine—medical science, medical practice and social medicine. No law, I say, but there are obstacles nevertheless, much more subtle and powerful than law. What these obstructions are I can better suggest when I have attempted a brief description of the three main groups or subdivisions which have thus far arisen within the doctor’s domain.

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