Berman was a soldier, author, surgeon, newspaper columnist and medical consultant for several federal agencies.
He gained notoriety when he said in 1970 that women could not be leaders because of their "raging hormonal imbalances."
Berman was a native Baltimorean, born August 6, 1919. He graduated from Baltimore City College at the age of 16 and entered the University of Maryland at College Park on a tennis scholarship. During his sophomore year, friends convinced him to take the medical entrance exam at Maryland, and his score rated first place. The young Berman began medical school before his 18th birthday and graduated in 1939 at the age of 20. His surgical residency, from 1939 to 1943, was at Baltimore’s Sinai, Lutheran, and Johns Hopkins hospitals.
Berman was a great admirer of the philosophy of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and ranked him as one of the top thinkers of the century. In 1960, he and Phoebe visited Schweitzer in Africa where they stayed for twelve months. In addition to helping Schweitzer with his work, Berman kept notebooks documenting their conversations. He later published a book about this brilliant man who had accumulated doctorates in medicine, theology, philosophy, and music. Their admiration was mutual, and the two corresponded regularly until Schweitzer’s death in 1965.
In 1970, Berman uttered one of his most famous statements, resulting in his being targeted by the most prominent feminists of the time. During a meeting of the Democratic party’s committee on national priorities, when Congresswoman Patsy Mink suggested that women’s rights should be given the highest priority, Berman commented that “raging hormonal influences” during menstruation and menopause should preclude women from positions of executive power. “All things being equal,” Berman said, “I would still rather have had a male JFK make the Cuban missile crisis decisions than a female of similar age who could possibly be subject to the curious mental aberrations of that age group.”
Berman’s final book, In Africa with Schweitzer, was published in 1986 and was based on his correspondence with the famous medical missionary and the detailed notes he had taken when they had worked together from 1960 to 1961. “I always wanted to write,” Berman remarked in an interview. “I enjoyed medicine, and I think I made contributions, but I enjoy writing more than anything else I’ve ever done.”
He died on November 25, 1987, at the age of 68.
Such the innovator, writer, many interests, am inclined toward Inventor Rational at moment. Good with comebacks. Doesn't seem the Tactical Intelligence of an Operator, more the abstract, but maybe Artisan.