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June 6, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1133-1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750035003

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When some twenty-four years ago Dr. Storer published his little work calling attention to the need of gynecologic treatment for a certain proportion of the female insane, it was undoubtedly with better reason than could justify a similar appeal at the present time. His voice was then like one crying in a wilderness; now it would be but one of many clamorous ones, all proclaiming the importance, even the predominance, of the sexual element in the mental disorders of women. At the present time all and more than he asked for has been gained. Women physicians are being generally added to asylum staffs, with the special design that they shall attend to the gynecologic and special needs of the female inmates, and in some States their employment has been made compulsory by law. It would certainly appear that professional and public attention was sufficiently aroused, and that the necessity of

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