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Book and Media Reviews
May 17, 2006

Women in Science

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(19):2302-2305. doi:10.1001/jama.295.19.2303

This book about “successful women scientists” is written by Ellen Daniell, PhD, whose doctorate is in chemistry. She first became involved in the organization its members call “Group” in 1977.

Daniell joined at a time of crisis in her academic career as a scientist, when she did not receive tenure after spending 8 years as an assistant professor in molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley. With help from the group experience, she left academia and went on to have a successful career in the biotechnology industry. She describes Group as her lifeline. Its stated purpose was to provide an opportunity for women scientists to help one another through the complexities and stresses of their competitive careers. Group membership has changed, and at the time Every Other Thursday was written, only two of the seven regular members had been part of the original Group.

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