When I started graduate school at Syracuse University in the late sixties,
the chair of my department informed me that I would not be eligible
for fellowships, because I was a woman. Pulling out a page of statistics, he
pointed to the data indicating that women didn’t finish PhD programs, and
if they did, they interrupted their academic careers for marriage and children
and therefore didn’t go back to catch up with their peers. They were,
he concluded, “a bad investment” for the department and the university....
Chickenpox or Shingles (Varicella Virus)--First-time exposure to this virus during pregnancy
may cause miscarriage, multiple birth defects, and severe disease in newborns. Chickenpox can be
a serious illness in adults. Most people (90% to 95% of adults) were exposed to chickenpox as
children and are immune. For women who do not know if they had chickenpox as a child, a blood
test can verify if they are immune. If they are not immune, a chickenpox vaccine is now available.
Early researchers in the field played down individual
personality disturbances as causal agents of
family violence in favour of social and cultural
factors (27). More recently, though, research on
family violence has shown that abusers who are
physically aggressive are more likely to have
personality disorders and alcohol-related problems
than the general population (28).
Denial is one of the best-developed coping refl exes in health care
workers, particularly in physicians and nurses. It exists on several
levels, and it is provoked by a number of different but related dynamics.
Most of us in health care—in the profession of caring for patients—
have thought of denial as a self-protective reaction, a shield against the
emotional and psychic turmoil of the environment in which we work.
And for physicians and nurses, where they work is essentially where
It is a well-worked and commonly described dynamic.