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September 2, 1983

Women in Medicine

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090025016

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To the Editor.—  As a woman physician who is currently experiencing the difficulties of balancing family and career responsibilities, I found the COMMENTARY, "Women in Medicine: Two Points of View," particularly timely and thought provoking.I agree with Dr Dimond that the rapid increase in enrollment of women in medical schools during the last decade is an indication that "part of sexism and inequality is behind us," but I would caution that this may prove to be merely the tip of the iceberg. As the more tangible roadblocks to women physicians' achievement give way before the efforts of those women and of perceptive male physicians like Dr Dimond, certain pervasive, unspoken assumptions begin to loom in the foreground. Principal among these assumptions is that women are somehow inherently more competent than men to assume the predominant role in child rearing and, thus, should shoulder most of the responsibility for this