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GYNECOLOGY is virtually nonexistent at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md, the nation's preeminent medical research funder and facility.
Significant progress has been made in addressing the lack of attention to women in medical research since a 1990 Congressional General Accounting Office report documented the great extent to which women have been ignored by the NIH. Yet veterinarians still outnumber manyfold the half dozen or so gynecologists on staff, says Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD, director of the NIH Center for Population Research.
Despite an estimated $10 billion NIH budget, there is "no input from the group of people that takes care of women in the reproductive years," says Haseltine. "This says that in our major research institution, women's health is not observed."
This and other structural impediments to equality for women in medicine were discussed at a round table sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Women's
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