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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

developed, having uncommonly broad shoulders and a full chest. His 

occupation had been healthful, that of a laborer. Had had cough for 

several months, and was spitting blood. Examination of lungs showed 

that they were hopelessly diseased. There was no trace of consumption 

in the family, and the only cause to which the disease could be 

attributed was excessive sexual indulgence, which he confessed to have 

practiced for several years. 

 

Effects on Wives.--If husbands are great sufferers, as we have seen, 

wives suffer still more terribly, being of feebler constitution, and 

hence less able to bear the frequent shock which is suffered by the 

nervous system. Dr. Gardner places this evil prominent among the causes 

"the result of which we see deplored in the public press of the day, 

which warns us that the American race is fast dying out, and that its 

place is being filled by emigrants of different lineage, religion, 

political ideas, and education." 

 

The same author remarks further on the results of this with other causes 

which largely grow out of it:-- 

 

"It has been a matter of common observation that the physical status 

of the women of Christendom has been gradually deteriorating; that 

their mental energies were uncertain and spasmodic; that they were 

prematurely care-worn, wrinkled, and enervated; that they became 

subject to a host of diseases scarcely ever known to the professional 

men of past times, but now familiar to, and the common talk of, the 

matrons, and often, indeed, of the youngest females in the community." 

 

So prevalent are these maladies that Michelet says with truth that the 

present is the "age of womb diseases." 

 

Every physician of observation and experience has met many cases 

illustrative of the serious effects of the evil named. Some years ago, 

when acting as assistant physician in a large dispensary in an Eastern 

city, a young woman applied for examination and treatment. She 

presented a great variety of nervous symptoms, prominent among which 

were those of mild hysteria and nervous exhaustion, together with 

impaired digestion and violent palpitation of the heart. In our 

inquiries respecting the cause of these difficulties, we learned that 

she had been married but about six months. A little careful questioning 

elicited the fact that sexual indulgence was invariably practiced every 

night, and often two or three times, occasionally as many as four times 

a night. We had the key to her troubles at once, and ordered entire 

continence for a month. From her subsequent reports I learned that her 

husband would not allow her to comply with the request, but that 

indulgence was much less frequent than before. The result was not all 

that could be desired, but there was marked improvement. If the husband 

had been willing to "do right," entire recovery would have taken place 

with rapidity. 

 

Another case came under our observation in which the patient, a man, 

confessed to having indulged every night for twenty years. We did not 

wonder that at forty he was a complete physical wreck. 


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