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October 17, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(16):950-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490350006001a

The hygiene of young girls has been discussed and written about so much that it is utterly impossible for me to say anything new or even to present the subject at a little different angle than you have looked at it before.

When I speak of young girls I naturally mean during the age of puberty. We can divide the subject into mental and physical. The hygiene of the body is comparatively easy if the young girls are raised in a primitive state of civilization. Still, again, here there is a great difference. In some of the primitive races, as with certain tribes of Indians, girls have to do hard work, and do not grow up unrestrained as they do among some other primitive people. In the South Pacific islands, for instance, where they grow up without care and restraint, romping, playing, swimming, there they develop even muscular figures and

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