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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

Indeed, he showed evidences of having been a gross debauchee, having 

contracted venereal disease of the worst form. The general prevalence 

of extravagant sexual excitement among the insane is a well-known fact. 

 

Disease.--Various diseases which cause local irritation and congestion 

of the reproductive organs are the causes of unchastity in both sexes, 

as previously explained. It not unfrequently happens that by constantly 

dwelling upon unchaste subjects until a condition of habitual 

congestion of the sexual organs is produced, young women become seized 

with a furor for libidinous commerce which nothing but the desired 

object will appease, unless active remedial measures are adopted under 

the direction of a skillful physician. This disease, known as 

_nymphomania_, has been the occasion of the fall of many young women 

of the better classes who have been bred in luxury and idleness, but 

were never taught even the first lessons of purity or self-control. 

Constipation, piles, worms, pruritis of the genitals, and some other 

less common diseases of the urinary and genital systems, have been 

causes of sexual excitement which has resulted in moral degradation. 

 

Results of Licentiousness.--Apparently as a safeguard to virtue, 

nature has appended to the sin of illicit sexual indulgence, as 

penalties, the most loathsome, deadly, and incurable diseases known 

to man. Some of these, as _gonorrhea_ and _chancroid_, are purely local 

diseases; and though they occasion the transgressor a vast amount of 

suffering, they may be cured and leave no trace of their presence except 

in the conscience of the individual. Such a result, however, is by no 

means the usual one. Most frequently, the injury done is more or less 

permanent; sometimes it amounts to loss of life or serious mutilation, 

as in cases we have seen. And one attack secures no immunity from 

subsequent ones, as a new disease may be contracted upon every exposure. 

 

By far the worst form of venereal disease is _syphilis_, a malady which 

was formerly confounded with the two forms of disease mentioned, but 

from which it is essentially different. At first, a very slight local 

lesion, of no more consequence--except from its significance--than a 

small boil, it rapidly infects the general system, poisoning the whole 

body, and liable forever after to develop itself in any one or more 

of its protean forms. The most loathsome sight upon which a human eye 

can rest is a victim of this disease who presents it well developed 

in its later stages. In the large Charity Hospital upon Blackwell's 

Island, near New York City, we have seen scores of these unfortunates 

of both sexes, exhibiting the horrid disease in all its phases. To 

describe them would be to place before our readers a picture too 

revolting for these pages. No pen can portray the woebegone faces, the 

hopeless air, of these degraded sufferers whose repentance has come, 

alas! too late. No words can convey an adequate idea of their sufferings. 

What remorse and useless regrets add to the misery of their wretched 


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