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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

becoming martyrs to paralysis, softening of the brain, and driveling 

idiocy." 

 

Dr. Gardner quotes the Abbe Maury, as follows: "I hold as certain that 

after fifty years of age a man of sense ought to renounce the pleasures 

of love. Each time that he allows himself this gratification is _a 

pellet of earth thrown upon his coffin_." 

 

Dr. Gardner further says: "Alliances of this sort have taken place in 

every epoch of humanity, from the time of the patriarchs to the present 

day,--alliances repugnant to nature,--between men bordering on 

decrepitude and poor young girls, who are sacrificed by their parents 

for position, or who sell themselves for gold. There is in these 

monstrous alliances something which we know not how to brand 

sufficiently energetically, in considering the reciprocal relations 

of the pair thus wrongfully united, and the lot of the children which 

may result from them. Let us admit, for an instant, that the marriage 

has been concluded with the full consent of the young girl, and that 

no external pressure has been exerted upon her will--as is generally 

the rule--it will none the less happen that reflection and experience 

will tardily bring regrets, and the sharper as the evil will be without 

remedy; but if compulsion, or what is often the same thing, _persuasion_, 

had been employed to obtain the consent which the law demands, the 

result would have been more prompt and vehement. From this moment the 

common life becomes odious to the unhappy victim, and _culpable hopes_ 

will arise in her desolate heart, so heavy is the chain she carries. 

In fact, the love of the old man becomes ridiculous and horrid to her, 

and we cannot sufficiently sympathize with the unfortunate person whose 

duty [?] it is to submit to it. If we think of it an instant, we shall 

perceive a repulsion, such as is only inspired by the idea of incest.... 

So what do we oftenest observe? Either the woman violently breaks the 

cursed bands, or she resigns herself to them; and then she seeks to 

fill up the void in her soul by adulterous amours. Such is the somber 

perspective of the sacrilegious unions which set at defiance the most 

respectable instincts, the most noble desires, and the most legitimate 

hopes. Such, too, are the terrible chastisements reserved for the 

thoughtlessness or foolish pride of these dissolute gray-beards, who 

prodigalize the last breath of their life in search of depraved 

voluptuousness." 

 

The parents, the perpetrators of such an outrage against nature, are 

not the only sufferers. Look at the children which they bring into the 

world! Let Dr. Gardner speak again:-- 

 

"Children, the issue of old men, are habitually marked by a serious 

and sad air spread over their countenances, which is manifestly very 

opposite to the infantile expression which so delights one in the little 

children of the same age engendered under other conditions. As they 

grow up, their features take on more and more the senile character; 

so much so that every one remarks it, and the world regards it as a 


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