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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

emission of semen, from puberty to death, though the individual live 

a hundred years; and the frequency of involuntary nocturnal emissions 

is an indubitable proof that the parts, at least, are suffering under 

a debility and morbid irritability utterly incompatible with the 

general welfare of the system." 

 

Does not Produce Impotence.--It has been declared that strict 

continence would result in impotency. The falsity of this argument is 

clearly shown by the following observations:-- 

 

"There exists no _greater error_ than this, nor one more opposed to 

physiological truth. In the first place, I may state that I have, after 

many years' experience, never seen a single instance of atrophy of the 

generative organs from this cause. I have, it is true, met the complaint, 

but in what class of cases does it occur? It arises, in all instances, 

from the exactly opposite cause, abuse; the organs become worn out, 

and hence arises atrophy. Physiologically considered, it is not a fact 

that the power of secreting semen is annihilated in well-formed adults 

leading a healthy life and yet remaining continent. No continent man 

need be deterred by this apocryphal fear of atrophy of the testes, from 

living a chaste life. It is a device of the unchaste--a lame excuse 

for their own incontinence, unfounded on any physiological law."[7] 

 

[Footnote 7: Acton.] 

 

The truth of this statement has been amply confirmed by experiments 

upon animals. 

 

The complaint is made by those whose lives have been far otherwise than 

continent, that abstinence occasions suffering, from which indulgence 

gives relief. The same writer further says that when such a patient 

consults a medical man, "he should be told--and the result would soon 

prove the correctness of the advice--that attention to diet, gymnastic 

exercise, and self-control, will, most effectually relieve the 

symptoms." 

 

Difficulty of Continence.--Some there are who urge that self-denial 

is difficult; that the natural promptings are imperious. From this they 

argue that it cannot but be right to gratify so strong a passion. "The 

admitted fact that continence, even at the very beginning of manhood, 

is frequently productive of distress, is often a struggle hard to be 

borne--still harder to be completely victorious in--is not to be at 

all regarded as an argument that it is an _evil_."[8] 

 

[Footnote 8: Ibid.] 

 

But if rigid continence is maintained from the first, the struggle with 

the passions will not be nearly so severe as after they have once been 

allowed to gain the ascendency. On this point, the following remarks 

are very just:-- 

 

"At the outset, the sexual necessities are not so uncontrollable as 

is generally supposed, and they can be put down by the exercise of a 

little energetic will. There is, therefore, as it appears to us, as 

much injustice in accusing nature of disorders which are dependent upon 

the genital senses, badly directed, as there would be in attributing 

to it a sprain or a fracture accidentally produced."[9] 

 

[Footnote 9: Mayer.] 

 

Helps to Continence.--As already indicated, and as every individual 


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