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November 26, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(22):1916. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330220060033

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The author calls this "a manual for the instruction of children in matters of sex." It is intended to be put into the hands of teachers and parents, not of children. It consists, first, of matter going to prove the necessity for such instruction, and, second, of an outline of instruction intended to lead children's minds by various ways, chiefly through explanation of the phenomena of reproduction in the lower orders of life, gradually to a proper understanding of sexual physiology and hygiene in human beings. The general plan proposed is unexceptionable, but not original.

As a "manual of instruction," the book is not practical. The biologic facts presented are far too complicated and are described in language entirely too technical to be suitable for children. Very few teachers and still fewer parents would be capable of selecting, out of the many offered, the few essential facts and of presenting them

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