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Here Come the Couples

Robert H. Fletcher, MD, Editor; and Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD, Editor
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Copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(7_Part_1):628-630. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-119-7_Part_1-199310010-00014
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Thirteen years ago, Arnold Relman, in an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine, announced Here come the women [1]. And so they have. The proportion of women entering U.S. medical schools increased from 5% in 1949 (and just 9% in 1970) to 42% in 1992 [2]. The wave of women entering the profession is moving into practice but has not yet reached senior ranks; 27% of physicians younger than 35 years are women, compared with only 8% of those 55 to 66 years [3]. Nevertheless, it is only a matter of time before what was once nearly an all-male profession, with all that implies, includes women and men in similar proportions.

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