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March 21, 2001

Women's Health—Filling the Gaps

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis is Editor and Dr Winker is Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2001;285(11):1508-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.285.11.1508

In the last JAMA issue on women's health, published October 14, 1992, Clancy and Massion1 laid out an incomplete patchwork quilt of women's health care and proposed solutions for closing the gaps, including research in primary care for women, women's health curricula, and consideration of a women's health specialty. In an Editorial, Pinn2 stated, "By the year 2000, women's health should be an integral part of the scientific mainstream, with gender disparities in research programs relegated to historical interest." That time has arrived, and JAMA has devoted another issue to women's health. What has occurred in the interim? Has the scientific mainstream reached beyond "viewing hormonal differences as barriers to understanding health or treating disease,"2 or, indeed, "beyond ‘navel to knees' medicine"?3