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June 28, 2000

Minority Experience: Forged by the Knife: The Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(24):3262-3263. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3262-JBK0628-3-1

Do you recall the children's riddle: A young boy is hit by a car and taken to the hospital. As he is rolled, unconscious, through the emergency room doors, the trauma surgeon steps forward and gasps, "That's my son!" The surgeon is not the boy's father. Who is the surgeon?

For most of us, myself included, the image of surgeon has been so stamped with the male countenance that to indicate otherwise we often say "woman surgeon." As Joan Cassell writes in The Woman in the Surgeon's Body1: