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March 1932

PHYSICAL ANALYSIS IN THE ADOLESCENT PROBLEM

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND
From Western Reserve University and the Brush Foundation.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(3):533-546. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950030003001
Abstract

THE BIOLOGIC SIGNIFICANCE OF ADOLESCENCE  "Algebraic symbols," says a schoolboy's essay, "are used when you don't know what you are talking about." And surely adolescence is that period of life concerning which, figuratively speaking, one might most readily be excused for employing algebraic symbols.It is natural to associate adolescence with sex, for the sex features are certainly the most obtrusive characteristics of the period, but actually the term is one of the happiest and most descriptive of the labels applied by science to the phenomena of growth. Its implication is exactly expressed by its etymology. Adolescence is merely the inception of adulthood. In the beginning nature decides whether an organism is to be built on male or on female lines, but it is obvious that before that organism can stand the strain of reproduction other aspects of its development must receive attention. The reproductive function presupposes an organism substantially

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