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February 19, 1898

The Australian Eunuchs.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(8):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440600045012

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Abstract

Chicago, Feb. 10, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In an article on "The Oriental Eunuchs," by Dr. Edmund Andrews, in the issue of January 22, in the paragraph on "Australia" the author refers to the natives limiting "the increase of families by crushing the testicles of the father after his first child is born." Referring to this point the facts below are not entirely relevant, but may prove of interest in this connection.My brother, Mr. Fred Hessert, who has for over a year been sojourning in West Australia, has in his letters to me described some of the customs of the barbaric natives. Owing to the barren desert condition of the country, the natives prevent a too great increase in their number by certain surgical operaations performed on the penis. When a boy reaches the age of puberty he is taken in hand by a number of old "bucks," who

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