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October 13, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(7):512-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860410028008

The question of the effectiveness of American women as physicians has reached the point where its clarification has become imperative. Dr. H. G. Weiskotten1 shows that over the past twenty years American medical colleges have limited their registration of women to approximately 5 per cent of the total enrolment. Since it is reported that English medical schools are currently admitting women to the extent of 20 per cent, the arguments leveled in this country against their admission seem to require reevaluation.

The chief of these arguments relies for its force on the statement that women marry and leave the profession, making it sheer waste to spend the large sums involved on their training. This contention is often bolstered with figures of doubtful authenticity culled from the speaker's immediate experience, some of them at least being related to those of the doctor who spoke of a class in which "50