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The Dilemmas of Mothers Who Are Physicians and of Physicians Who Are Mothers

Marilyn Heins, MD
JAMA. 1986;255(4):464-465. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370040034011.
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To the Editor.—  How I wish I could talk to Anonymous, who wrote the anguished "Equal, Not Really" in the Aug 16 issue of JAMA!1 I feel her pain and can identify with it. Every mother who works outside the home spends some moments feeling torn between the cradle and the workplace and feeling guilty about the effects her outside work may have on her child. However, I must point out that there is no evidence that maternal employment has deleterious effects on children,2-5 although there is a lot of folklore out there. There is also no evidence that stuttering is caused by maternal employment. How cruel of the teacher, speech pathologist, and assorted administrators to state folklore as though it were fact! Sadly, this happens every day and physicians are often guilty. Indeed, in a recent book devoted to the nature and treatment of stuttering, no mention


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