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May 22, 1886

THE DANGERS OF KISSING.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY; ONE OF THE ASST. ATTENDING PHYSICIANS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, D. C., ETC.

JAMA. 1886;VI(21):568-571. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250050092002
Abstract

For more than two years past I have had in mind the preparation of this paper, and much of the material has been collected during that period. I have only recently, however, examined the literature of the subject, and was greatly surprised to find it so meagre. None of the ideas advanced in this article have been borrowed from this literature, as they were conceived before this was examined; but I do not claim that they are specially new, however original they may be.

My first purpose was to discuss the subject from a purely professional standpoint. In a late number of The Journal of the American Medical Association2 the editor commented on "Compulsory Kissing," basing his remarks upon an article from the pen of Eleanor Kirk,3 in which she undertakes to defend the parent who has the courage to oppose this reprehensible habit. After reading these two

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