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Identity Health Care: How the Gender Gap in Medicine Is Making Us Sick

As a woman surgeon for 26 years, I have witnessed the subtle — and not so subtle — differences in the way physician and patient identities intersect in our healthcare system. Physicians and patients alike bring their own realities, their own experiences, and their own unique points of view to every highly personal medical encounter — and these biases can literally be a matter of a healthy life or, in the worst case, an untimely death…

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