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December 4, 1937

Sex Instruction for Girls

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490070034

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This little book is apparently a collection of lectures delivered to young girls. The approach is along psychologic lines and there is a good effort to coordinate views on sex hygiene with mental hygiene. The book, however, is noticeably deficient in physiologic instruction. There are no diagrams and no basic discussions of the mechanism of reproduction, the glandular control of the sexual organs, the meaning of menstruation and other physiologic problems. The author repeatedly uses terms such as fertilization and ovum without definitions. It may be that the English girls of this age find the book informative, but it appears to offer too little factual material to satisfy the girls of this age group in America. In addition there is an evasive, apologetic manner in the book which was frequent in earlier American teachings but is outmoded at this time. In the description of childbirth, the pain attending this phenomenon

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