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December 8, 1906

EDUCATION AS A FACTOR IN THE PREVENTION OF CRIMINAL ABORTION AND ILLEGITIMACY.

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1889-1891. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210230025001h
Abstract

A distinguished physician once said to me that he did not understand why there was implanted so strongly in both sexes the passionate desire for sexual relationship, while at the same time its gratification was hedged about by so many dangers and penalties.

I suppose this thought has been prominent in the minds of all wise men during the history of the race, from savagery to the present. Many-sided views have been expressed by previous speakers. Few questions pertaining to the civilization of the present are more important or have a greater influence for good or bad on the higher development of man.

EDUCATION THE NEED.  The only thing which I wish to emphasize at present is that every young man and young woman should be intelligently taught during the period of education, commencing at puberty, the meaning and possibilities of the sexual relationship. The inherent forces of Nature compel

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