When asked if women's health is just a fad, Bernadine Healy, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health, answered, "Women certainly aren't a fad! How could women's health be a fad?"1 In fact, the Women's Health Initiative launched under Dr Healy's leadership may be the most ambitious clinical research study yet conducted. Obviously, women's health is a legitimate field, but one that is evolving and working to define itself. The Journal of Women's Health can be viewed as a chronicle of the ongoing maturation of an academic discipline. It is of interest for this reason and for its high-quality content.
The journal is the official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research, which was established to respond to concerns about the exclusion of women from research studies. The Journal of Women's Health, published since 1992, is an "umbrella" publication, rather than one narrowly
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