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August 21, 1937

The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life

JAMA. 1937;109(8):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780340070037

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This small book has been written by a layman primarily for the lay reader. Apparently there was some measure of medical guidance of the author, this being indicated by the fact that Dr. Winfield Scott Pugh has written the foreword, and the illustrations are by Dr. Frank H. Netter. Its main theme seems to be that cleanliness is the secret of feminine charm and the highroad to marital happiness. Vaginal douching, types of syringes, positions for douching, and its technic constitute the main subjects of the text. It is around this and constipation that this booklet has been built; anatomic descriptions, discussion of menstrual pain, leukorrhea and certain details of general body hygiene and exercises are included. Vaginal douching is recommended to an extreme and accorded an importance not concurred in by the majority of gynecologists. The last chapter contains a useful list of "don'ts," and on this account, too,

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