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October 12, 1940

For Daughters and Mothers

JAMA. 1940;115(15):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410069043

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This is a book on relationships between mothers and daughters as daughters enter adolescence. It deals largely with sex development in adolescence but also gives considerable attention to other problems, particularly the growth of independence and impatience at restraint which characterize the adolescent. The book contains much excellent advice, both for mothers and for daughters, about how to live harmoniously in spite of frequently clashing points of view due to difference in age and outlook. The chapter headings are descriptive of the content of the book, dealing as they do with childhood, new horizons and new outlooks, the chain of life, new bodies, "having a good time," looking toward romance, "how do you know when you're in love?", working plans, women of tomorrow, and the great adventure. Toward the end of the book the chapters begin to be a trifle sketchy and to give the impression of having been prepared

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