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November 7, 1953

For Girls Only: The Doctor Discusses the Mysteries of Womanhood

JAMA. 1953;153(10):987. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940270093026

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Sensible discussion characterizes this small volume, even though at times there is a tendency for the writing to become somewhat ponderous. In all but 2 of the 14 chapters, the scene is a girls' summer camp, an especially appropriate setting for the frank discussions that are presented. Most of the constructive suggestions are made by the camp directress, who speaks informally to the girls at special gatherings, but another character, in the person of a woman physician, handles the semitechnical aspects of body changes during adolescence, sexual maturation, and pregnancy. Especially well done are the chapters on petting, the difficulties girls have in understanding their mothers, and the problems mothers have in getting along with their adolescent daughters. All parents can probably benefit from this volume as much as can their daughters, and the reading of it might well be recommended as a cooperative family project.

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