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Article
December 8, 1906

THE PROTECTION OF THE INNOCENT.

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1891-1894. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210230027001j
Abstract

The highest aim of the physician to-day is to prevent disease. Physical diseases are being studied in the laboratories and at the bedside. Mothers are taught the hygiene of the bedroom and teachers some useful facts about the care of the teeth and eyes. The women teachers in the mixed high schools attempt to give to their disinterested scholars academic fancies regarding the physiologic action of a glass of beer, meanwhile oblivious to the adolescent's silent appeals for some true statements concerning the laws of Nature. We need a new code of ethics of the sexes. A science of sex is necessary to a proper understanding of Christian sexual ethics. We can mature a perfect ethics of the sexes amid moral innocence, but not amid physiologic ignorance. The present unfortunate and antisocial conditions have been brought about by the orthodox moralist who has been afraid of Nature's truth and who

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