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Anthology tells the stories of 60 female surgeons

Anthology tells the stories of 60 female surgeons

Some speak of being nine months' pregnant and resting their bulging bellies on top of operating tables so they can lean in close enough to slice into patients.

Others worry that the grueling surgical residency period — which can last as long as six years and which generall occurs during a woman's peak child-bearing period — will prevent them from becoming mothers.

Still others have persevered even after being told that women aren't competent to lead a surgical team.

Despite these obstacles, each of the 60 women who contributed to the new book "Being a Woman Surgeon," edited by Baltimorean Dr. Preeti John, also talk in vivid and convincing detail...