Organ grinding

October 6, 1995

Yet more proof that men are much more sensitive plants than women. Blue Stockings, Black Gowns, White Coats, a Glasgow University history of women in medicine by Johanna Geyer-Kordesch and Rona Ferguson, reveals that in 1890, the male students' delicate sensibilities were deeply offended by a decision to allow women into clinical classes. They whimpered that "in the examination of certain organs, male students are embarrassed, and are not able to ask pertinent questions relating to the disease under observation".

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