August 24, 1935

The Woman Asks the Doctor

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By Emil Novak, M.D., F.A.C.S., Associate in Gynecology, Johns Hopkins Medical School. Cloth. Price, $1.50. Pp. 189, with 11 illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1935.

JAMA. 1935;105(8):623. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760340069040

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The author set out to write a book in such a way as to talk collectively to many women in the manner in which every physician often talks to one woman in his office. The aim has been carried out admirably, as was to be expected because of the author's extensive experience as a gynecologist. As he says, there is not a single subject discussed in the book which he has not many times explained to individual women in his consulting room. Among the chapters are some devoted to superstition and folk lore of menstruation, the cause and significance of menstruation, the glands as related to female functions, puberty, the menopause, the hygiene of pregnancy, the "safe period," sterility, leukorrhea, cancer and the sex life of women. The author does not say much about the sex life because he thinks that this subject is an individual problem which should not

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