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December 22, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(25):2075-2076. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210250029001h

When I speak of prostitution I do not limit the term simplyto the avowed prostitute, but I include equally the clandestine prostitute. If we want to go back to the actual cause—the prime cause, as I understand it-of prostitution we need not go into the details, as these have already been touched on both directly and indirectly in the other papers, but can say, broadly, it is civilization.

Prostitution is just as old as civilization, and will continue to exist as long as there exists what we to-day claim and boast of as civilization. I apply that fact in three ways:

1. Men, guided by the prevalent usages of civilization, either can not or will not marry when the natural sexual impulse has attained its proper force and calls for mating.

While I agree entirely with the spirit of the resolution which has been passed here, that continence is not

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