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[Correspondence] Female physicians nominated for the Nobel Prize 1901–50

Recent contributions in The Lancet have discussed the under-representation of women at senior levels in medicine and the life sciences.1 This trend mirrors the gender gap in the number of Nobel Prize nominees and laureates in physiology or medicine. Drawing on sources from the archive of the Nobel committee in Sweden, we have found that the lion’s share of both nominators and nominees were men during the first half of the 20th century (archival material for the last 50 years is not yet available).