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 In many cases, of course, the physical precocity is associated with
precocity in sexual habits. An instructive case is reported (_Alienist and
Neurologist_, October, 1895) of a girl of 7, a beautiful child, of healthy
family, and very intelligent, who, from the age of three, was perpetually
masturbating, when not watched. The clitoris and mons veneris were those
of a fully-grown woman, and the child was as well informed upon most
subjects as an average woman. She was cured by care and hygienic
attention, and when seen last was in excellent condition. A medical friend
tells me of a little girl of two, whose external genital organs are
greatly developed, and who is always rubbing herself.
 R.T. Morris, of New York, has also pointed out the influence of
traditions in this respect. "Among boys," he remarks, "there are
traditions to the effect that self-abuse is harmful. Among girls, however,
there are no such saving traditions." Dr. Kiernan writes in a private
letter: "It has been by experience, that from ignorance or otherwise,
there are young women who do not look upon sexual manipulation with the
same fear that men do." Guttceit, similarly, remarks that men have been
warned of masturbation, and fear its evil results, while girls, even if
warned, attach little importance to the warning; he adds that in healthy
women, masturbation, even in excess, has little bad results. The attitude
of many women in this matter may be illustrated by the following passage
from a letter written by a medical friend in India: "The other day one of
my English women patients gave me the following reason for having taught
the 17-year-old daughter of a retired Colonel to masturbate: 'Poor girl,
she was troubled with dreams of men, and in case she should be tempted
with one, and become pregnant, I taught her to bring the feeling on
herself--as it is safer, and, after all, nearly as nice as with a man.'"
 H. Ellis, _Studies in the Psychology of Sex_, volume ii, "Sexual
Inversion," Chapter IV.
 See, also, the Appendix to the third volume of these _Studies_, in
which I have brought forward sexual histories of normal persons.
 E.H. Smith, also, states that from 25 to 35 is the age when most
women come under the physician's eye with manifest and pronounced habits
 It may, however, be instructive to observe that at the end of the
volume we find an advertisement of "Dr. Robinson's Treatise on the Virtues
and Efficacy of a Crust of Bread, Eat Early in the Morning Fasting."
 Pouillet alone enumerates and apparently accepts considerably over
one hundred different morbid conditions as signs and results of
 "Augenkrankheiten bei Masturbanten," Knapp-Schweigger's _Archiv fuer
Augenheitkunde_, Bd. II, 1882, p. 198.
 Salmo Cohn, _Uterus und Auge_, 1890, pp. 63-66.
 _Fonctions du Cerveau_, 1825, vol. iii, p. 337.
 W. Ellis, _Treatise on Insanity_, 1838, pp. 335, 340.
 Clara Barrus, "Insanity in Young Women," _Journal of Nervous and
Mental Disease_, June, 1896.
 See, for instance, H. Emminghaus, "Die Psychosen des Kindesalters,"
Gerlandt's _Handbuch der Kinder-Krankheiten_, Nachtrag II, pp. 61-63.
 Christian, article "Onanisme," _Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des
 Naecke, _Verbrechen und Wahnsinn beim Weibe_, 1894, p. 57.
 J.L.A. Koch, _Die Psychopathischen Minderwertigkeiten_, 1892, p. 273
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