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September 2, 1983

Women in Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1166-1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090025017

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To the Editor.—  Dr Dimond's COMMENTARY on women in medicine manages so utterly to overgeneralize and depersonalize the situation of women physicians that it makes serious attempts to come to grips with the issues almost impossible. On the one hand, he reduces any role conflict about combining mothering and career to the question of having cash to pay off someone to perform our maternal functions; one wonders if that is the type of mother-child relationship he would have wished for himself or his child. The caring, sharing spouse is certainly a helpful suggestion, but this is not the situation of many women physicians; witness the high divorce rate. Even if marriages stay together, it is often with the woman still in the position of primary responsibility for children and home. And in the rare situation of mutual responsibility, there are the sex role pressures on both partners arising out of