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June 29, 1935

Glándulas endocrinas y prostitución

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Por Dres. J. J. Beretervide y S. Rosenblatt. Prólogo del Prof. Dr. Mariano R. Castex. Paper. Pp. 254. Buenos Aires: Libreria y Editorial "El Ateneo," [n. d.]

JAMA. 1935;104(26):2389. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260077029

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The authors have examined 110 prostitutes, apparently thoroughly and with great care, and they have attempted to correlate their observations with the present knowledge of endocrinology. It is difficult to understand why the authors chose to use biologic methods in the study of an economic disease. This alone is sufficient to raise serious doubt as to the fundamental value of the work. It appears further however that, of the few reliable methods available to evaluate the function of the endocrine glands, fewer still have been employed in this investigation. Many if not most of the correlations are purely theoretical; these in turn are based in large part on half-baked theory which the authors have uncritically culled from the vast literature of endocrinology. However, they have assembled a large amount of data; while the significance of the information as related to prostitution is not clear, some of it may possibly be

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