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Women Physicians in Leadership Roles

Sara C. Charles, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(12):1654. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390120116038.
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This volume was developed from a symposium entitled "Women in Leadership Roles" that was held at the 1984 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. It is edited by two proved leaders in psychiatry— Leah Dickstein, MD, associate dean and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville, and Carol Nadelson, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University, who recently served as the first woman president of the American Psychiatry Association.

The book, divided into nine sections, is written primarily by women physicians and focuses on women leaders in psychiatry, one medical specialty with which women have long been associated. To set the stage historically, Virginia Drachman, an associate professor of history at Tufts University, describes the "separateness" that characterized the role of women in medicine during the 1800s, when women studied in women's medical schools, trained in women's hospitals, cared mainly for women patients, and usually remained


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