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December 17, 1938

The Single Woman and Her Emotional Problems

JAMA. 1938;111(25):2331. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790510079035

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This small volume, by an English woman physician, is written for laymen, more particularly for single women. It is a book, however, that can be read with profit by most physicians as well. The author briefly reviews the position of the single woman today. The problem of the single woman has become a more pressing one in countries involved in the World War, since the potential mates of many thousands of women were killed. The modern psychology, emanating chiefly from Sigmund Freud, that offers the basis on which the author discusses her thesis is skilfully if necessarily incompletely outlined. The psychologic problems of friendships among women, sexual problems and sexual inversion are dealt with. Dr. Hutton approaches her thesis not from the standpoint of psychopathology but rather as the problems ordinary women subjected to the special tensions and difficulties associated with a lonely or at least a manless existence are

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