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From Francis Darwin   [after August 1872?]1

6 Q. Anne St


Dear Father

I send you a quotation from Trousseau showing what a difference a very slight change in the conditions of life may make—

“I stated at the beginning of this Lecture that it is a frequent occurence for young girls on arriving in Paris to have suppression of the catamenia. Change of residence is enough in itself to produce this result without there being any change in the manner of life. Young girls who have lived a number of years in a provincial boarding school, on moving to a similar institution in Paris where the régime is evidently the same; often experience an interruption of several months in their courses; and young girls removing from Paris to the country similarly suffer.” Lectures on Clinical Medicine by A. Trousseau— (New Sydenham Soc.) London. 1872— Vol V. p 2132

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The date is conjected by the reference to the last volume of Armand Trousseau’s translated lectures (Trousseau 1868–72), published by the New Sydenham Society. The last volume had not yet been published when the society met on 9 August 1872 (Birmingham Daily Post, 10 August 1872, p. 6).
Francis refers to the last volume of Trousseau 1868–72. CD did not make use of this information in his publications.


Trousseau, Armand. 1868–72. Lectures on clinical medicine: delivered at the Hôtel Dieu. Translated by Pierre Victor Bazire and John Rose Cormack. 5 vols. London: New Sydenham Society.


Sends quotation from Armand Trousseau, Lectures on clinical medicine [1868–72] 5: 213, on interruption of menstruation in young girls upon changing schools, as an example of the effect of changed conditions of life.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
DAR 162: 54
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13795,” accessed on 23 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20