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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

it by telling us that the whole subject is a medical property.... There 

is nothing wrong in the knowing; and, though the passions might be 

stimulated in the first moments by such information, yet in the second 

instance they will be calmed by it; and, ceasing to be inflamed by the 

additional goad of curiosity and imagination, they will cool down under 

the hydropathic influences of science. Well-stated knowledge did never 

yet contribute to human inflammation; and we much question whether the 

whole theory of the silver spade be not a mistake; and whether children 

should not be told the truth from the first; that before desire and 

imagination are born, the young mind may receive, in its cool innocency, 

a knowledge of the future objects of powers and faculties which are 

to be subject afterward to such strong excitements." 

 

The experience of hundreds in the circulation of this work has proven 

beyond all chance for question the truth of the foregoing remarks, and 

often in a most striking manner. Scores of persons have written us, 

"I would give all I possess in this world could I have had a copy of 

'Plain Facts' placed in my hands when I was a lad," or, "Words cannot 

express the gratitude I would now feel had some kind friend imparted 

to me the invaluable information which this book contains; it would 

have saved me a life of wretchedness." 

 

We have had the satisfaction of knowing in numerous instances that the 

virtue and happiness of whole families have been secured by the timely 

warnings of danger which parents have obtained from this work. We are 

glad to be able to feel that it is now thoroughly demonstrated that 

intelligent persons who have given this subject thought universally 

approve of the objects of the work and the manner of presenting the 

subject adopted in it. Those who at first question the propriety of 

discussing the subject so freely and thoroughly as is here done, lose 

their prejudice entirely upon giving the work a careful perusal. In 

numerous instances it has occurred that those who were most decided 

in their denunciations have become the most zealous and efficient 

agents in its circulation after becoming more fully acquainted with 

it. 

SEX IN LIVING FORMS. 

 

 

Life, in its great diversity of forms, has ever been a subject of the 

deepest interest to rational beings. Poets have sung of its joys and 

sorrows, its brilliant phantasies and harsh realities. Philosophers 

have spent their lives in vain attempts to solve its mysteries; and 

some have held and thought that life was nothing more than a stupendous 

farce, a delusion of the senses. Moralists have sought to impress 

mankind with the truth that "life is real," and teeming with grave 

responsibilities. Physiologists have busied themselves in observing 

the phenomena of life, and learning, therefrom, its laws. The subject 

is certainly an interesting one, and none could be more worthy of the 

most careful attention. 

 

Living Beings.--Man possesses life in common with other beings almost 

infinite in number and variety. The hugest beast that roams the forest 


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