BALTIMORE — Dr. Edgar Berman, physician, confidant to former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and, admittedly, one of the nation's premier male chauvinists, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Sinai Hospital here. He was 72.
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."
The former gynecologist was forced to resign from the Democratic National Committee's Planning Council after his comment enraged women, but later gained some revenge in one of his several books, titled "The Compleat Chauvinist," published in 1982. One chapter is headed "The Brain That's Tame Lies Mainly in the Dame."
His other books include "The Solid Gold Stethoscope," published in 1976, and "In Africa With Schweitzer," a reflection on the work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, published last year.