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April 26, 1995

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

Author Affiliations

Weston, Mass

JAMA. 1995;273(16):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520400025031
Abstract

To the Editor.  —It's about time that the US Department of Education had enough taxpayers' dollars left over to fund a study of the political correctness of anatomy and physical diagnosis text illustrations, and we are especially fortunate that JAMA was able to find the space to publish "Sex and Gender Bias in Anatomy and Physical Diagnosis Text Illustrations."1 It must have been a slow news week.In their seminal (you should pardon the expression) work Is Sex Necessary? or, Why You Feel the Way You Do, Thurber and White2 found a solution to the problem vexing Ms Mendelsohn and colleagues. They substituted a map of the trade routes of the North Atlantic for the usual anatomy illustrations, observing that neither had anything to do with sex.Perhaps JAMA should ask M. Therese Southgate, MD, whether she can trace the origins of the bias noted by Mendelsohn et

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