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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION-1
REPRODUCTION-2
REPRODUCTION-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-1
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-2
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-1
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-2
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-3
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-15
CHASTITY-1
CHASTITY-2
CHASTITY-3
CONTINENCE
MARITAL EXCESSES-1
MARITAL EXCESSES-2
MARITAL EXCESSES-3
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-1
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-2
INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION
THE SOCIAL EVIL-1
THE SOCIAL EVIL-2
THE SOCIAL EVIL-3
SOLITARY VICE-1
SOLITARY VICE-2
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-1
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-2
EFFECTS IN FEMALES
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-1
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-2
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-1
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-2
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-4
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-1
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-2
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-3
INDEX

repugnant to all we associate with the term childhood, but is also 

fraught with danger to dawning manhood. On the judicious treatment of 

a case such as has been sketched, it probably depends whether the 

dangerous propensity shall be so kept in check as to preserve the boy's 

health and innocence, or whether one more shattered constitution and 

wounded conscience shall be added to the victims of sexual precocity 

and careless training. It ought not to be forgotten that in such cases 

a quasi-sexual power often accompanies these premature sexual 

inclinations. Few, perhaps, except medical men, know how early in life 

a mere infant may experience erections. Frequently it may be noticed 

that a little child, on being taken out of bed in the morning, cannot 

make water at once. It would be well if it were recognized by parents 

and nurses that this often depends upon a more or less complete 

erection." 

 

We have been not more disgusted than shocked to see parents, whose 

intelligence ought to teach them better, not only winking at, but 

actually encouraging, these premature manifestations of passion in 

their children. They may yet learn, by bitter experience, the folly 

of their course, unless they make the discovery in time to avert the 

calamitous results which threaten the future of their children, by 

careful reformatory training. 

 

Inherited Passion.--It is important to inquire the cause of this 

precocity. Said a father of our acquaintance, when remonstrated with 

for encouraging his infant son in a ridiculous flirtation, "I did just 

so when I was of his age." In this case the cause was evident. The child 

was only acting out the disposition bequeathed him by his parent. How 

often do the secret follies of parents stand out in bold relief in their 

children. Such a legacy is nothing to be proud of. 

 

We again quote from Dr. Acton some observations on the causes of this 

disorder,--for a grave disorder it is,--as follows:-- 

 

"I should specify _hereditary_ predisposition as by no means the least 

common.... I believe that, as in body and mind, so also in the passions, 

the sins of the father are frequently visited on the children. No man 

or woman, I am sure, can have habitually indulged the sexual passions ... 

without, at least, running the risk of finding that a disposition to 

follow a similar career has been inherited by the offspring. It is in 

this way only that we can explain the early and apparently almost 

irresistible propensity in generation after generation indulging 

similar habits and feelings." 

 

Various Causes of Sexual Precocity.--Another very powerful 

predisposing cause of sexual precocity will be alluded to under the 

head of "Marital Excesses." The irritation caused by worms in the rectum, 

by local irritation or uncleanliness, or by irritation of the bladder, 

are exciting causes which are not infrequent. The latter cause is 

indicated by another symptom, the frequent wetting of the bed at night. 

Such a symptom doubly demands immediate attention. 

 

The juvenile parties so common now-a-days, at which little ones of both 


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