WHAT A YOUNG WOMAN OUGHT TO KNOW. Mrs. Mary Wood-Allen, M. D.

WHAT A YOUNG WOMAN OUGHT TO KNOW

Philadelphia and London: The Vir Publishing Company, 1913. New Revised Edition. Hardcover. Wood-Allen (1841-1908) was an American doctor who emerged as a leading voice for the social purity movement during the late 19th century. In 1883, she was appointed “Lecturer of Heredity and Hygiene” for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union at the suggestion of Frances Willard and in 1892, she became superintendent of the WCTU’s Purity Department, lecturing widely on the subject. This, the second in her Self and Sex Series of books, opens with the observation, “The truth is that many girls who have been taught in the ‘ologies’ of the schools, who have been trained in the conventionalities of society, have been left to pick up as they may their ideas upon personal conduct, and, coming face to face with puzzling problems, are at a loss, and perhaps are led into wrong ways of thinking and questionable ways of doing because no one has foreseen their dilemma and warned them how to meet it.” The text includes chapters on food, sleep, added injuries from tight clothing, building brains, care during menstruation, solitary vice, responsibility in marriage, and the effects of immorality on the race, and is preceded by printed commendations by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others. Ten portraits, including the frontispiece, with a folding plate. Small octavo. Original burgundy cloth binding, with gilt and blind-stamped titles. Previous owner’s ink signature and date to the front flyleaf. Minor wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #70200

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