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Chicago, May 22, 1902.
To the Editor:
Your editorial on medical education of women in The Journal, May 17, is evidently written as a friend, but, I fear, a misguided one. You advocate a special curriculum for women, claiming that their peculiar psychophysical status is not met under the present conditions. You wish to exclude major surgery, on the ground that women lack the courage and quick judgment necessary for this work. Is this true? Any one acquainted with the work of medical women knows better. The matter of adaptation of women to major surgery is a matter of individuality, just as it is with men. There are men who faint at the sight of blood and there are women who can do major surgery. I have seen the late Dr. Marie J. Mergler perform a double ovariotomy, through the abdominal route, in a case of sarcoma of the ovaries,
Ladova RM. Medical Education for Women. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480220040022
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