Rapid responses are electronic comments to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on bmj.com. A rapid response is first posted online. If you need the URL (web address) of an individual response, simply click on the response headline and copy the URL from the browser window. A proportion of responses will, after editing, be published online and in the print journal as letters, which are indexed in PubMed. Rapid responses are not indexed in PubMed and they are not journal articles. The BMJ reserves the right to remove responses which are being wilfully misrepresented as published articles.
Along with many other people, I was horrified but not surprised by
Roehr's article that male doctors in the US are still earning more than
females. However I was encouraged that there was one small positive to
take away from it, which was Roehr's elimination of the phrase 'woman
This archaic phrase is still frequently being used in the workplace
and aside from being grammatically incorrect (woman is not an adjective),
the way in which doctors must be male unless specified otherwise is an
assumption that I hope will soon discontinue.
Until then, I will continue on my own local mission to abolish the
phrase by referring to males who use it as 'man doctors'.