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May 15, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(20):930-931. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440200020002c

In an article written by Dr. Allen, published in the Journal March 13, 1897, reference is made to some historic facts regarding the lives, habits and laws governing the hetairæ during the height of Grecian glory and the subsequent decadent Roman Empire. From reading Dr. Allen's citations of the laws controling prostitution, one would conclude that the curse of the Grecian warriors and Roman Emperors were women. The truth is that as long as the women were allowed to exhibit their charms and passions the morals of the ancients were only those of all strong nations whose youths were developed in the manly sports and whose occupation was warfare. The presence and freedom of women among the men undoubtedly was the cause of great excessive normal sexual intercourse, but when the hetairæ were suppressed sexual perversion prevailed to a shameful extent, and was the cause of the rapid disintegration of

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