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April 21, 1945

Women and Men

JAMA. 1945;127(16):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860160061024

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Abstract

This is an intensely interesting and extremely valuable book. It seems to establish conclusively the fact that the male sex is the weaker, no matter how one approaches the subject. Prenatally the rate of miscarriages is higher for boy babies than for girl babies. Throughout life the male death rate is higher. Women exhibit evidences of fortitude greater than that of the male. Entirely aside, however, from this controversial conclusion, the book is full of well documented scientific facts indicating the numerous detailed ways in which women differ from men, entirely aside from the question of environment and training. The author holds in general that environment and training tend to emphasize, rather than create, the differences between the sexes, particularly with respect to temperamental traits, aptitudes, strength, endurance and other qualities ordinarily regarded as nonsexual. The author has some interesting views relating to the marriage of tomorrow, which, whether one

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