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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

limbs, or defective development of any part, will be more or less likely 

to transmit the same deformities or deficiencies to their children. 

There are, of course, cases of natural blindness, as well as of 

disability in other respects, to which this rule does not apply, the 

natural process of development not being seriously defective. It has 

even been observed that there is a slight tendency to the reproduction 

in the offspring, of deformity which has been artificially produced 

in the parents, and has existed for a long time. 

 

Many ancient nations observed this rule. Infants born cripples were 

strangled at birth or left to die. A Spartan king was once required 

by his people to pay a heavy fine for taking a wife who was inferior 

in size. 

 

_5. Criminals should not marry._ 

 

It has been satisfactorily shown by thorough and scientific 

investigation that criminals often receive their evil proclivities 

from their parents. What are known as the criminal classes, which are 

responsible for the greater part of the crime committed, are constantly 

and greatly on the increase. There is no doubt but that inheritance 

is largely responsible for the continued increase of crime and 

criminals. A drunkard begets in his child a thirst for liquor, which 

is augmented by the mother's use of ale or lager during gestation and 

nursing, and the child enters the world with a natural taste for 

intoxicants. A thief transmits to his offspring a secretive, dishonest, 

sneaking disposition; and the child comes into the world ticketed for 

the State prison by the nearest route. So with other evil tendencies. 

By legislation or by some other means, measures should be speedily 

adopted for the prevention of this rapid increase of criminals, if there 

is any feasible plan which can be adopted. We offer no suggestion on 

this point, but it is one well worthy of the consideration of 

philanthropic statesmen. 

 

_6. Persons who are greatly disproportionate in size should not marry._ 

 

While good taste would suggest the propriety of this rule, there are 

important physiological reasons for its observance. While the lack of 

physical adaptitude may be the occasion of much suffering and 

unhappiness in such unions, especially on the part of the wife, being 

even productive of most serious local disease, and sometimes of 

sterility, it is in childbirth that the greatest risk and suffering 

is incurred. More might be said on this point, but this is sufficient 

for those who are willing to profit by a useful hint. 

 

_7. Persons between whom there is great disparity of age should not 

marry._ 

 

The reasons for this have already been given at length, and we will 

not repeat. In general, the husband should be older than the wife, from 

two to five years. The husband may often be ten or twelve years the 

senior of the wife; but when more than that, the union is not likely 

to be a profitable or happy one, if it is not absolutely productive 

of suffering and unhappiness. The ancient Greeks required that the 

husband should be twenty years older than the wife; but this custom 


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