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Female Trouble

In response to:

O Calcutta! from the October 8, 1970 issue

To the Editors:

If Mrs. Pepys’s menstrual cycle occurred irregularly as stated in the third sentence of her husband’s diary [Matthew Hodgart’s review of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, NYR, October 8], she would be suffering from metrorrhagia not dysmenorrhea which implies painful menstruation.

Eric J. Vanderbush, M.D.

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

Public Health Service US Government

Belcourt, N.D.