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February 26, 1910

Girl and Woman.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(9):729. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550350065020

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This book is made up chiefly of sane, practical advice concerning the regulation of the life of a normal girl. The author states that psychologic research has made it plain that no period in a woman's life is so important as the transition years of development from childhood into womanhood. As this period of transition is a slow one, occupying several years, she believes that the principles instilled into the mind of the growing girl at this time are of paramount importance. The book commences with a discussion of the physical and mental changes occurring at puberty, some of which (or, at least, their frequency) the author seems to exaggerate. The moral disturbances of this period also are unduly emphasized; comparatively few normal girls—that is to say, girls who are in good health otherwise and who have been properly brought up—contract unauthorized debts, swear, become untruthful, etc., even temporarily, at

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