Oral History


"Well, in the early medical training of medical school and early residency, the things that stood out as just you always had to justify why you were doing something. Once you got into medical school, it was assumed you’d go into family medicine or pediatrics or something like that. I wanted to go into OB/GYN, and the comment was really interesting is, “Why is somebody as smart as you,” because, quote, I had a PhD from MIT, “want to go into a field as dumb as that?” Why was the field thought of as dumb? Well, it turned out— so my answer was my usual flip answer, “Well, then I’ll rise to the top of it fast.” - Florence P. Haseltine, on specializing in OB/GYN and genetics


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