September 2, 1983

Women in Medicine-Reply

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090025019

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In Reply.—  I have read the previous letters and then reread my own article. Each correspondent expresses opinions, just as I expressed mine. I have no quarrel with any of their remarks. The fundamental truth is that American medicine, in all variations—practice, research, academics, administration—is no longer to be an essentially male environment. I remain comfortable with my own reasoned opinions. However, the correspondents and myself are treading in subjective, emotional areas. There is a bit of truth in all our remarks—and a bit of individual bias.For 13 years, I have been able to see and be a part of this unfolding experience, since my own medical school has averaged more than 40% women medical students during this entire period. I therefore make a certain claim to both experience and an active role in bringing women into medicine. Those are objective facts; I accept all else as subjective and