Today I received the current issue of Pediatric Annals, which presents a series of articles on adolescent gynecologic practice.
I am bothered by the fact that all of the authors are male (except for one woman, who appears as an associate author of an article on cervical cancer), and I think that such a panel certainly should include women. The article on "The Gynecologic Examination of the Pediatric Patient" should especially be written by a woman. Isn't it a bit presumptuous not to do this? And has there ever been an article on the subject that has included observations of the adolescent patient on the examination? I think we could benefit from what they have to say; there may be no better way to improve what we do.
Warren Bosley, MD
Pediatric Associates of Grand Island
Grand Island, NE
Dr. Levine responds:
In response to your letter I would state that contributors to Pediatric Annals are chosen by the Guest Editors, who are themselves selected because they are national authorities on the particular subject. You may be interested to know; that in Dr. Joseph Sanfilippo's recent book (Pediatric and Adolescent Obstetrics and Gynecology), of the 23 articles, eight are by women.
As you probably know, pediatric and adofescent gynecology is a highly specialized field, and Dr. Sanfilippo chose as his contributors those whom he felt were most qualified.
Milton I. Levine