Marjorie Jenkins, MD; Tedd L. Mitchell, MD; Steven L. Berk, MD
Potential Conflicts of Interest: Dr. Jenkins: Consultancy: Novo Nordisk.
Jenkins M., Mitchell T., Berk S.; Update in Women's Health. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:719. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-10-201311190-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(10):719.
TO THE EDITOR:
We recognize that McNamara and Walsh (1) primarily categorized women's health according to the standard topics of breast, bone, and reproductive health and screening. Focusing on customary women's health topics reinforces the current ideology, which implies that human organ systems function similarly whether the patient is male or female. This view fails to include the emerging body of knowledge about sex and gender differences in health and disease, which evidence-based guidelines explain (2, 3). As such, approaching women's health through the lens of gender-specific medicine is defined as the science of how typical human biology differs between men and women and how the manifestations, mechanisms, and treatment of disease vary as a function of sex (2).
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