Thorp, John M., Jr. (2017). BJOG Editor's Choice: Improving the Visibility of Women's Health. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 124(6)
Various professional and advocacy groups designate days, weeks, or months of the year to increase societal awareness around specific disorders of women. BJOG praises these efforts as we think that awareness, and even in some instances outrage, is needed to prompt our culture to invest into research to learn the natural history, identify prevention strategies, and treat those who suffer. Advocacy and outrage forged the path to discover the human immunodeficiency virus, learn how it was transmitted, and design treatments turning AIDS from a lethal diagnosis to treatable, and even preventable, disease. Imagine what might happen if similar investment and energy were channelled into ovarian cancer or obstetric fistula, which happen to be the awareness disorders in the month of May.
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thorp, John M., Jr.