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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

to this moloch of the species becomes but too frequently its slave to 

an almost incredible degree. A patient who was sent to London for my 

advice confessed that he had practiced this vice seven or eight times 

daily from the age of thirteen until twenty-four; and he was then 

reduced to the lowest state of mental weakness, associated with various 

bodily infirmities; indeed, both mental power and physical existence 

were nearly extinguished." 

 

Testimony of Eminent Authors.--Says a medical writer, "In my opinion, 

neither the plague, nor war, nor small-pox, nor similar diseases, have 

produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of 

onanism; it is the destroying element of civilized societies, which 

is constantly in action, and gradually undermines the health of 

a nation." 

 

"The sin of self-pollution, which is generally considered to be that 

of Onan, is one of the most destructive evils ever practiced by fallen 

man. In many respects it is several degrees worse than common whoredom, 

and has in its train more awful consequences, though practiced by 

numbers who would shudder at the thought of criminal connection with 

a prostitute."[46] 

 

[Footnote 46: Dr. Adam Clarke.] 

 

"However revolting to the feelings it may be to enter upon such a subject, 

it cannot be passed over in silence without a great violation of duty. 

Unhappily, it has not been hitherto exhibited in the awful light in 

which it deserves to be shown. _The worst of it is that it is seldom 

suspected._ There are many pale faces and languid and nervous feelings 

attributed to other causes, when all the mischief lies here."[47] 

 

[Footnote 47: Sir W. C. Ellis.] 

 

We scarcely need add further evidence of the fearful extent of this 

evil, but will conclude with the following:-- 

 

"The pernicious and debasing practice of masturbation is a more common 

and extensive evil with youth of both sexes than is usually supposed." 

"A great number of the evils which come upon the youth at and after 

the age of puberty, arise from masturbation, persisted in, so as to 

waste the vital energies and enervate the physical and mental powers 

of man." "Many of the weaknesses commonly attributed to growth and the 

changes in the habit by the important transformation from adolescence 

to manhood, are justly referable to this practice."[48] 

 

[Footnote 48: Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.] 

 

Not a Modern Vice.--That this vice is not entirely a modern one is proved 

by the fact that in many ancient writings directions are given for 

treating its effects. Even Moses seems to have recognized disorders 

of this class. Hippocrates and others devoted considerable attention 

to them. 

 

Victims of all Ages.--The ages at which the habit may be practiced 

include almost the whole extent of human life. We have seen it in infants 

of only three or four years, and in old men scarcely less than sixty, 

in both extremes marked by the most unmistakable and lamentable 

consequences. Cases have been noted in which the practice was begun 

as early as two years of age. It is common among African boys at nine 


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