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Baltimore cardiologist blazes impressive career as a woman in a mostly male domain

Baltimore cardiologist blazes impressive career as a woman in a mostly male domain

Dr. Miriam L. Cohen juggled six patients in her practice one recent morning at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, which is not unusual when you're a cardiologist working to manage emergencies and prevent them.

What's unusual is that Cohen was there at all.

It's not that at 75 she's beyond traditional retirement age, but that nearly a half-century after she became the state's first female cardiologist patients are still far more likely to have their hearts treated by a man.

"We knew we had to do it perfectly or they wouldn't take more women," said Cohen as she updated patient records, allowing a cup of chicken noodle soup to grow cold.

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