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In your editorial notice of "Ethics of Marriage," by Dr. H. S. Pomeroy, in issue of Sept. 1, you refer to "Dr. Pomeroy's illustration of plucking unripe and ripe fruit from the tree." As the illustration is as ancient as it is striking, I take the liberty of sending it as originally stated by Dr. Percival Willughby, in 1670. In a work of this date witten for midwives, he says: "Let midwives observe the waies and proceedings of nature for the production of her fruit on trees, or the ripening of walnutts and almondes from theire first knitting to the opening of the huskes and falling of the nutt; the greene huskes sticking so close that it is not possible to separate the huske from the shell, whilst it is unripe; but as the fruit ripenneth the huske choppeth, and with a fissure openeth, and by degrees separateth
Rowell HH. "The Ethics of Marriage.". JAMA. 1888;XI(12):429. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400640033013
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