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

Linda F. Ruekert, MS
JAMA. 1986;255(4):466. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370040034015.
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To the Editor.—  As a working woman who is married and has a 6-year-old son, I read with interest "Equal, Not Really" in the Aug 16 issue of JAMA. I empathize with the author's situation; it is very difficult to achieve a balance between the demands of children, a marriage, and a career (whether one is female or male) without compromising the quality of effort expended in one or more of the areas.However, I was most disturbed that this woman, her husband, and her son's teacher, speech pathologist, director of the school, and assistant headmaster all determined that the cause of her son's speech problem was because of her working. Why not because the child's father worked? She states that she will "of course" alter her work load. Why isn't her husband altering his?I agree that this woman is not really equal because although she has a successful


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