American Medical Women's Association honors Dr. Marianne Legato with 2002 Women in Science Award

etween men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender.

Dr. Legato is the founder and editor of the Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, published for the scientific community and selected in 2001 by the National Library of Medicine and Elsevier Science to be indexed and included in their worldwide databases, MEDLINE and EMBASE. She is the author of THE FEMALE HEART: The Truth About Women and Heart Disease, published by Simon and Schuster and winner of the 1992 American Heart Association's Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. Her film, "Shattering the Myths: Women and Heart Disease, won a Freddy award, the first prize in the category of Women's Health at the 1995 International Health and Medical Film Festival. In 1997, she published What Women Need to Know (Simon and Schuster) and recently completed a third book for the lay public on gender-specific medicine called Eves Rib, to be published by Crown in May 2002. Dr. Legato is also editing The Principles of Gender Specific Medicine, the first textbook on the subject for the physician, to be published by the Academic Press in 2003.

The American Medical Womens Association is a national organization of 10,000 women physicians and medical students dedicated to serving as the distinctive voice for womens health and the advancement of women in medicine. The association functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve womens health.

The Woman in Science Award was first presented by the American Medical Womens Association in 1993. Previous recipients are: Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D. (1993); Suzanne W. Fletcher, M.D. (1994); Florence Haseltine, M.D. (1996); Olga Jonasson, M.D. (1997); Elizabeth Barrett Connor, M.D. (1998); Bernadine Healy, M.D. (1999); and Judith

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