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Minerva Minerva


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:202

Women doctors practising in America are a contented lot, according to an analysis of questionnaire data from the women physicians' health study (Archives of Internal Medicine 1999;159:1417-26). Despite challenges like juggling work and home, long hours, and poor control over their work, more than four fifths of a national sample reported satisfaction with their careers Less than a third said they would not choose to do it all again.

African-Caribbean people living in the United Kingdom have a high rate of schizophrenia, twice as high African-Caribbean people living in Barbados (British Journal of Psychiatry 1999;175:28-33). We still don't know why this group is vulnerable to schizophrenia, but the authors of the first incidence study from Barbados reiterate the view that it may be something to do with the unexpected poverty and racism faced by the first immigrants 40 years ago. Unfortunately, rates of psychotic illness are getting worse with each generation.

What should happen to frozen embryos when the couples who created them divorce? An American lawyer argues that when couples disagree, the partner with the strongest case is the one who wants the embryos to be disposed of or used for research (Fertility and Sterility 1999;71:996-7). The harms of unwanted genetic reproduction, he says, outweigh the harms of losing the opportunity to …

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