John W. Burnside, MD
To the Editors: Because the results of teenage pregnancy, either delivery or abortion, fall within the province of health care, it is generally assumed that teenage pregnancy must therefore be a disease. Bolstered by the recommendations of our government that a healthy society requires the reduction of the incidence of teenage pregnancy, we accept the challenge to fix the problem without commenting on either the necessity or sufficiency of our role. We have once again acquiesced to the medicalization of a social ill and are once again getting prepared to accept blame when we fail, as we inevitably will.
Burnside JW. Teenage Pregnancy. Ann Intern Med. ;114:994–995. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-11-994_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(11):994-995.
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