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March 13, 1897

Modern Immorality.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(11):517-518. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440110039013

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Conant, Fla., March 2, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Dr. E. S. Bullock, in the New York Polyclinic and Dr. A. R. Reynolds, in the Journal, discuss the moral condition of the nation and its bearing on the future well-being of our people with varying degrees of apprehension. Each looks to the new woman as the one best fitted to take the case in hand.From various recent publications the following quotations are gathered: "Hoodlums that glory in being 'toughs' are thicker on American soil than on any other spot on the crust of the planet." "Masturbation is well-nigh universal" among our boys and youth. Syphilis has spread until "the question is not who has but who has not" the disease. "Fifteen per cent. of all diseases of women, exclusive of prostitutes, are caused by gonorrhea and its sequelæ." "A moral nature so finely developed that it will not permit its

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