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January 22, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):185-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440560013001f

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"Our civilization is hard upon the women," remarked a highly cultivated woman as she sat in my office discussing the way by which she could be restored to her usual vigor. This remark was called forth by my insistence upon the statement that nothing but absolute rest would enable the overwrought mind and body to recover their usual tone. The family inheritance of acumen and mental vigor, which had carried a brother to a seat upon the bench of the Supreme Court of our State, had sent the sister into all kinds of philanthropic works. These, and looking well to the ways of her household, had made serious inroads upon a once vigorous constitution.

Our civilization is hard upon women only because they are in a state of transition from the wholly material to the entirely intellectual. When all that was required of woman's brain was to read a little

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