Dr. Legato introduces herself and explains what gender specific medicine is and how it benefits women's health.
My name is Dr. Marianne Legato. I am a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. I really founded and have devoted my career for the last 20 years in exploring on the differences between men and women.
The differences between men and women’s normal function and in their sex-specific experience of the same diseases is called gender-specific medicine. I have a journal that’s indexed by the National Library of Medicine and is read all over the world on the subject of gender-specific medicine, and I have written several books for the public trying to orient them to the extent and the importance of the differences between the sexes.
My favorite on that subject is called “Eve’s Rib,” but a recent publication that I have authored is called ?Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget,” which was also fun to write.
Gender-specific medicine is the new science of how the normal function of men and women differs, depending on their sex, and how their experience of the same diseases, for example coronary artery disease, can be quite different depending on whether they are male or female.
We didn’t really know anything about the details of illness or indeed of normal function of women until the early 1990s when women themselves began to demand that we study them directly, and the new science of those differences between males and females came from that effort and has really benefited women tremendously.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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