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To the Editor.—I am writing in regards to the editorial in the Archives, "Women in Surgery" (102:234-235, 1971) by Dr. Carol C. Nadelson. Dr. Nadelson's editorial is correct up to a point. She states that in 1965, 17.4% of women in active practice were in the surgical specialties and 7.2% of these were in anesthesiology. It is impossible to speak for all anesthesiologists, but as a woman anesthesiologist, I do not consider myself to be in a surgical specialty, but rather a medical specialty, or perhaps a liaison between the two. If we assume that anesthesiology is a medical specialty, then Dr. Nadelson's argument is even more valid, since only 10.4% of women physicians are in surgical specialties.
BAKER MR. WOMEN IN SURGERY. Arch Surg. 1971;103(6):774. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350120138030