The medical implications of sex versus gender

Editor's Note: The author is a physician who recently tried to submit a letter to the editor for publication to three major US medical journals on the issue of gender v sex and clinical applications in the practice of medicine and it was rejected by all three. The gender definition and distinction from sex was actually made by the World Health Organization,  yet many doctors do not know this, bet the patients do. If the medical profession cannot get this issue straight and use correct terminology then who can?   Over the past 20 years, there has been an increasing tendency to use the words "gender" and "sex" interchangeably.  It is important for physicians and the editorial staff of medical journals to recognize that these words are not synonymous and that incorrect or inconsistent use in patient interaction and risk stratification and treatment tools that include sex as a criterion could have adverse medical consequences. Sex is an...(Read Full Post)