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Come back, Mr Chips: the decline of men

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2274
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
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Invited recently to give a talk on “the role of men,” I felt I had plenty to say. Men make up only a quarter of the NHS workforce. Gender politics are deterring almost all male medical students from a career in obstetrics. Television commercials are filled with feckless male stereotypes. For a lecture, though, I needed some facts that were up to date.

Firstly, let’s consider men’s role in reproduction. Last September, the European Science Foundation reported that a fifth of …

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