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July 30, 1898

Precocious Pregnancy.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050050014

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Philadelphia, July 19, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In reference to your article of July 2, 1898, page 42, I recall a case in 1867 (of which I have notes) of the delivery of a girl ten days before she was twelve years of age. The confinement was normal, but was followed by a phlegmasia alba dolens in both legs. She had been brought up in a house of prostitution, and at the age of eight years had commenced cohabitation with boys. She menstruated at ten, and at the time of delivery, pelvis, mammæ and pubic hair were well developed.I was able afterward to confirm her statement. Her subsequent course was somewhat peculiar. After ten years of the most vicious profligacy she married a staid, quiet farmer, settled down to a life of intensely hard work, and after a number of syphilitic abortions, was so far cured that she raised

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