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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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Mrs. '"Frame 3 worth $1,000,000.
She- was arrested several years ago,
charged with being a "sun worship
per" and practicing medicine without
a license.
No wind that doesn't blow some
body good. Every time a bomb goes
off down east, some 20 more good
citizens get jobs guarding Rockefel
ler's home of rest at Pocantico Hills.
should Wives be told? yes, declares
countess of warwick
BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY.
London, England, July 18- ''First,
well have tea," decided Lady War
wick and buBied herself with an im
posing silver equipage. Her hospit
able absorption gave me an oppor
tunity to observe the best known
peeress in England.
We sat hr an immense library lined
with aged books. Above the towering
cases hung famous family portraits.
The opemvindows gave glimpses of a
lovely garden.
"At present it is the custom for
physicians to conceal the nature of
certain diseases from their women
patients," aid the countess. "Doctors
claim that -to tell a women of such
ills will not help her and is morally
certain to add to her anxiety. There
fore, they remain reticent that is
silent Theoretically this policy of
silence avoids -causing mental, worry
in addition to physical sickness. (In
cidentally it prevents causing trouble
in the family, for wifely questions
soon lead to Gc'enes.)
"But in actual practice conceal
ment prevents cure. Noxious things
flourish best in darkness. We fight
typhoid, tuberculosis or cancer frank
ly. Why, then, hide cases of the high
ly contagious perennial pestilence?
"The danger is appalling': four
teen per cent seven in every fifty, of
the outpatients in a gynaecological
hospital are hopeless victims. Only in
recent years have medical men be
gun to realize that numbers of disor-,
ders, many of them of the gravest
kind, are due to the great scourge.
"A terrible responsibility rests on
the shoulders of the medical profes
sion. To leave an unsuspecting wo
man ignorant of what is the matter
with her is very possibly to leave her
without efficient treatment, very
probably to expose her to future
danger, such danger as will shatter
physically and spiritually, even lead
to the birth of crippled, blind or feeble-minded
children. .
"It is a sin altogether to subject a
perfectly innocent woman to physi
cal and mental degeneration- without
her consent. One of my best friends,
a martyr If there ever was one, has
just died by inches in awful tortures
and never knew. Her pitiful illness
took every sort of form. Everyone
realized what was the matter, yet no
one told the truth to the victim. These
fell diseases of which far too little is
known are fiercely contagious and all
but intractable to cure.
"My own feeling is that if human
beings take themselves in hand there
need be no disease. I go so far as to
say that all disease is perfectly pre
ventable. As for myself I should nev
er dream of being anything but abso
lutely healthy, of knowing that my
children were in perfect health. On
this so-called problem of 'Should
Wives Be Told?' speak from the point
of prevention.
"There isabsohitely no reason why
a married woman should not be told
the truth and the whole truth in this
matter. There is no question whether
a "married woman, should be inform
ed of the true nature of the disease
from which she is suffering. There is
jio reason why she should not be in
formed of the appalling danger which
menaces her and her children.
"Physicians must change their pol-.
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