The Woman in the Surgeon's BodyBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7165.1088 (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1088
- Sarah Creighton, consultant
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London Hospitals
Harvard University Press
21$.95, pp 267
ISBN 0 674 95467 X
“Anybody but the girl! Give me a trained monkey—I'drather have anybody but the girl!” So raged a male senior surgeon intheatres when scheduled to have a female trainee assisting him. Thisis just one episode illustrating this riveting study on women surgeons in the United States. “What's an anthropologist doingstudying surgeons?” the author was asked while conducting a study on21male surgeons; she replied (perhaps jokingly), “Well, there were no other primitives left.” She now turns her attention to women surgeons, and clearly the term primitives was not a misrepresentationof many of their male colleagues.
The author studied 33 women surgeons of differing ages practising in eastern andmid-western United States. There was a wide representation of career stages and surgical …