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Lakartidningen. 2000 Nov 15;97(46):5335-40.

[The foundation of "feminine" and "masculine". Useful theories for the training of future physicians concerning the importance of gender].

[Article in Swedish]

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Tegs vårdcentral, Umeå.

Abstract

A gender perspective on health and consultation is part of medical education today. Teaching about gender must not focus on differences between men and women as essential, biological, and unchangeable. The meaning of "feminine" and "masculine" is largely a social construction, i.e. the behavior and character of an individual are seldom determined by sex. Furthermore, women and men live under different conditions and have different positions in society. Medical students need to be aware of this and reflect upon the influence it may have on their professional role and practice. To achieve this awareness, knowledge about the construction of gender is needed. This article reviews relevant research in this field. The gender of the physician is used as a basis and illustration of this.

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