HELEN L. SMITS, M.D.
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has just issued Women, Health and Development (1). This brief, clear document, published to mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Women, contains an important message for American physicians.
The report provides a stark reminder of the basic biological fact that control over fertility is essential to womens' ability to function in society, to their health, and to the health of society as a whole. The ability to plan pregnancies is as important to the mother and field laborer in rural Africa as it is to the woman who wishes
SMITS HL. Women, Health, and Development: An American Perspective. Ann Intern Med. ;104:263–264. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-263
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):263-264.
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