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April 4, 1914

Hygiene for Girls, Individual and Community.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560390055035

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The author's experience as a teacher of hygiene in a girls' school has enabled her to write a fairly practical book. The language is clear and concise, and few technical terms are used. There are one or two things, however, which should be changed or omitted in future editions. While patent medicines and habit-forming drugs are condemned, it seems unwise to state the names of such drugs, even though the sequels of their use are given as follows: "Opium, chloral and the bromids deaden pain and produce sleep, but they do so at the expense of the nervous system, the nerves of which they deaden." And further on (page 208): "Hasheesh is the juice of the Indian hemp, or Cannabis indica. It produces a happy delirium with visions of beautiful scenes and persons.... Cocain taken internally causes a pleasant excitement." After reading such a statement a girl of immature mind

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