WomenBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7468.729-a (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:729
Women never lost their hair or suffered pain in the feet; and yet nowadays they run short of hair and are afflicted with gout… Women's physique has been conquered; in rivalling male indulgences… They keep just as late hours, and drink just as much liquor; they challenge men in wrestling and carousing… They even match men in their passions… devise the most impossible varieties or unchastity… Because of their vices, women have ceased to deserve the privileges of their sex; they have put off their womanly nature and are therefore condemned to suffer the diseases of men.
Seneca. Epistles, xcv
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