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May 12, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1169-1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610190019001e

The poets and sculptors of Ancient Greece have left in verse and marble their admiration of long hair. The Hebrews also looked upon hair as a great ornament, and their women gloried in their luxuriant tresses, bedecked with gold and precious stones (Isaiah iii). The men usually kept their hair short, but there were notable exceptions, as with Absalom and Sampson. With the latter it was accompanied with superhuman strength, and when Delilah, during his sleep, cut off his flowing locks, his strength was gone: "Howbeit the hair of his head begun to grow again, after he was shaven." "But the Philistines took him and put out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass, and he did grind in the prison house'" (Judges xvi). When his hair had grown again his enemies sent for him that "he may make us sport." "And

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