Medicine: Throwing the Book at Doctors

A physician charges that her colleagues treat patients as objects

Michelle Harrison had been a family physician for eight years when she decided to scrap her New Jersey practice and retrain as an obstetrician-gynecologist. The 35-year-old doctor was drawn to the field by the rewards she had experienced attending "home births," by the pleasures of her own pregnancy and motherhood and by her ardent commitment to feminism and women's health. Harrison, who is divorced, searched for a part-time residency that would permit her to care for her five-year-old daughter Heather. She landed such a...

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