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Des Moines, Iowa, July 4, 1898.
To the Editor:
—On Jan. 20, 1889, I was called to attend a case of confinement. On my arrival I found a girl 12 years and 10 months old in labor. After a rather tedious but uneventful labor I delivered her with forceps of a twelve-pound boy. The infant lived but a short time. The mother had a normal puerperium. The mother of the girl was only 31 years of age at that time and had a daughter nearly four years older than the one confined. I am familiar with another case in which the mother was less than 13 years and 6 months old. I confined a girl in 1893, who stated to me that she had never menstruated and was less than 14 years old. This was afterward verified by her mother. She had no hair on the pubes, no enlargment of
Rood LD. Precocious Pregnancy.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(3):138–139. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450030040019