Scharlieb, Mary | Youth and Sex. Dangers and Safeguards for Girls and Boys.

  • Early impression of this sex education guide by one of Britain’s first professional female physicians. Library records and literary reviews indicate that the book was first published in 1913, but this copy contains ads dated April 1914.

    Married just before she turned twenty, Mary Scharlieb moved with her husband to India in 1866 and entered the Medical School of Madras with three other women despite hostility from the administration. “She returned to England to complete her medical degree, specializing in gynecology and surgery. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson helped Scharlieb set up practice and later obtain the position of chief surgeon at the New Hospital for Women. Scharlieb was listed on the medical faculty of the University of London women’s medical college after 1900” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1157). Scharlieb “was not only an outstanding physician, gynecologist, and surgeon, she also wrote prolifically on health issues vital to women and children. Her books include those on welfare of the expectant mother, child care, sexual problems and venereal disease, and women in medicine” (Ogilvie).

  • London & New York: T. C. & E. C. Jack & Dodge Publishing Co., [1914].

    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and titles, publisher’s roundel, and decorative horizontal lines to blocked in black to upper board. 4-page publisher’s ads at rear dated April 1914. A little worn at the corners and ends of spine, contents clean. A very good copy.