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August 24, 1964

A Woman's Place . . .

JAMA. 1964;189(8):645-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070080051023

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To the Editor:—  We do not wish to go on record as being against "motherhood." To the contrary, we feel that we are enhancing the interaction of physician mothers with their children, both quantitatively by making more time available for their being at home, and qualitatively by permitting mothers to express themselves creatively by eliminating some of the stress engendered by the unrealistic expectations prevailing in traditional medical training settings. Increasing numbers of women are electing to pursue careers during their young and productive years, and our program facilitates such an endeavor by making professional graduate training in psychiatry less stressful and more realistic. Certainly, we have as yet had no reports of difficulties among the children of our mother-residents. Indeed many women find it not only possible, but actually more rewarding, to establish a "good, honest, vital mother-child relationship" with their children while pursuing meaningful and vital careers.We

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