They Just Don't UNDERSTAND

A maverick gynecologist argues that male physicians are poorly equipped to care for female patients

FOR MANY WOMEN, SEEING A GYNEcologist easily outranks visiting the dentist as their least favorite doctor's appointment. A dentist sometimes dispenses pain; a gynecologist too often delivers humiliation. Not only must women lie submissively in stirrups; they frequently must also endure the abasing attitudes of their doctors -- 80% of whom are men. Only the most radical feminists so far have suggested that women doctors alone should be treating women patients. Now, in a heretical stance sure to outrage the medical profession, a male gynecologist is propounding that view. "Men have no business being gynecologists," declares Dr. John Smith. "The role...

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