The object of this paper is to bring before you the most frequent causes of diseases peculiar to woman, which come under one's daily observation, and which are to a great degree avoidable. I shall discuss the habits and influences which deteriorate her power of endurance and diminish her capacity for resisting disease. Observation proves that women not exposed to degenerating influences, can compete in strength and endurance with men of their race and in some savage nations they are regarded as superior to them.
The truth of this statement is now being verified by the Cuban Amazons, who are taking a prominent part in the fights between the insurgents and the Spanish troops. These women, many of whom have husbands in the ranks of the Cuban army, have exhibited on frequent occasions, courage, endurance and fighting skill to a greater extent than many of the men. These women are
SMITH MJ. ETIOLOGY OF DISEASES PECULIAR TO WOMEN. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):386–388. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090004002a
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