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June 6, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(23):819. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410750027003

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Objection again comes, from a high authority, to the use of massage in affections of the female reproductive system.

This question admits of two distinct and separate views based upon the results which follow under those of widely different organism and nervous trend. And the query arises: How can we foresee, in a given patient, debilitated by a neurotic condition involving the genital organs, or laboring under some other morbidity more directly touching the structural harmony of the parts, the unfortunate consequences which are sometimes observed, and upon which the strenuous objections rest?

It becomes at once a metaphysical inquiry, and runs off into fields of moral philosophy. The mind and will of the individual, upon whom the restorative powers of massage is to be tried, should first be studied, and from such study the probable outcome is to be weighed. And not alone the present state, but the past

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