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September 2, 1983

Women in Medicine

Author Affiliations

Maryview Psychiatric Hospital Portsmouth, Va

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090025018

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To the Editor.—  Dr Dimond's article, in my opinion, is male fantasy. My spouse and I are both physicians and have experienced some realities. Dr Dimond says that "the time and circumstance of pregnancy are essentially within her control." Our first came while my spouse was in medical school, and it was unplanned. The second was planned but came two years late. So much for "control." We did not abdicate our roles of housekeeping, shopping, or laundry, for to do so is to surrender the true family experience. I am guilty of the abomination of the mundane. Imagine me, a board-certified physician, cleaning commodes, changing diapers, and towing kids through a busy supermarket. I could have delegated this to one of the incompetents we went through in search of a housekeeper, but the most important interaction I ever had with my children occurred at unpredictable moments in the midst of