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July 19, 1952

Attaining Manhood: A Doctor Talks to Boys About Sex

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290093039

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Attaining Womanhood: A Doctor Talks to Girls About Sex.  By George W. Corner, M.D., Director, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D. C. Second edition. Cloth. $1.50. Pp. 112, with 15 illustrations. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33rd St., New York 16, 1952.Referred to as companion volumes, these book follow essentially the same pattern of presentation. Each consists of eight chapters, and topics common to both books are the human reproduction system, attainment of maturity, sex attraction, sex conduct, and the scientific study of sex and reproduction. In the volume for boys, the chapter dealing with venereal diseases is called sex disorders, whereas a similar chapter in the book for girls is simply designated as venereal disease. As the author points out, either volume would provide satisfactorily basic information for either sex, but there is good reason for avoiding a composite publication. The books are written in

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