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November 8, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(19):1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190054023

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Mental Abnormalities in Women, Associated with Reproductive Processes  Prof. Hugo Sellheim, director of the Universitäts-Frauenklinik, in Leipzig, presented recently before the Juristischmedizinische Gesellschaft of Leipzig a paper on "Influence of the Reproductive Cycles on the Sense of Moral Responsibility Displayed by Women." Three different branches of knowledge are concerned with researches on the influence of the reproductive phases in women, with all their anomalies and peculiarities —namely, gynecology, including obstetrics; psychiatry, and jurisprudence. Criminal manifestations are, on the whole, less marked in women than in men, but certain criminal acts are more common in women than in men; more particularly, certain acts that in their origin are associated with sex life and family life in general. In any event, the phases in the reproductive or sex life of woman affect increasingly psychic manifestations or disturbances in the various cycles of life. The psychic disturbances to be noted vary greatly in

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