Medicine: Patients' Prejudice

Discussions about the shortage of doctors and the poor distribution of them invariably get around to un used woman power. Then accusatory fingers are pointed at medical schools and the profession's elders for having long discouraged women from en tering the field. However, this kind of discrimination has begun to fade (see box opposite), giving rise to a new question: Will patients welcome an increasing number of female physicians? A large part of the public apparently will not.

A startling degree of bias was turned up last year by Dr. Edgar Engleman, who studied...

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