Year Published: 1979
Periodical profile published 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX930
Perception is a national, bilingual magazine of social comment published six times a year by the Canadian Council of Social Development.
Abstract: Perception is a national, bilingual magazine of social comment published six times a year by the Canadian Council of Social Development. This issue features articles on the state of health care in Canada.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book Getting Doctored, Martin Shapiro, M.D., answers the question: "Who goes to medical school and how do they get there?". He indicates that most medical students have fathers with professional or managerial occupations; 15 per cent have doctors for parents. Admission to medical schools depends on "marks and pull". Few are admitted from racial minorities, foreign countries, or from the ranks of women applicants; only Spain has a smaller proportion of female to male physicians than has Canada and the United States.
In an article on Canada's women doctors, Bozica Costigliola points out that many medical women believe discrimination against them at the admissions level has all but disappeared. They are turning to other issues now: trying to overcome discrimination at the residency level (when doctors train for specialities), making residency programs flexible for women who want to take some time to start families, starting retraining programs for inactive physicians who want to practice again, and obtaining adequate child care.
An article taken from a study of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective points out how such an organization empowers both its members and its clients. Other articles, some in French, deal with health and safety in asbestos mining and other industries; the under-representation of francophones in Air Canada; the inaccuracy of official unemployment figures; and an interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards, the chairman of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.