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April 26, 1995

Sex and Gender Bias in Illustrations in Anatomy and Physical Diagnosis Texts

Author Affiliations

Limon, Colo

JAMA. 1995;273(16):1255. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520400025022

To the Editor.  —I was amused to read the recent article by Ms Mendelsohn and colleagues1 about sex and gender bias in anatomy and physical diagnosis text illustrations. I find it interesting that the Medical College of Pennsylvania and JAMA cannot find more reasonable and educating contributions than this. To think that the authors believe that medical students and physicians are being biased by illustrations in medical textbooks is ludicrous.I can't believe that the authors think the medical profession is creating "the perception that the male body is 'normal' and the female body 'abnormal.'"1I agree that the medical profession and sciences need to continue to support and push for more research of specific women's health issues and of treatment outcomes for health disorders of the general population as applied to women (eg, heart disease and stroke). But to think that in this era of high health

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