Women, whether they are patients or physicians, confront sex and gender stereotypes; e.g., women patients exaggerate their pain symptoms; surgery is a man’s field. While such biases can be overcome only by considering each woman as a unique individual, some gender inequities also demand changes in the social and cultural role expectations of women collectively. This month's issue examines the effects of these stereotypes on men and women in medicine.
With heterosexual transmission the chief cause of global HIV spread, those without the power to select sexual partners, choose the timing of sexual encounters, or insist on safer sex practices are unable to protect themselves from infection.
The total concentration, power tools, and high stakes of the OR provided an exciting escape from the world I was supposed to occupy and from which I was supposed to derive my deepest satisfaction as a woman.