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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

abnormal sexual passions, exciting and irritating food, gluttony, 

sedentary employment, libidinous pictures, and many abnormal 

conditions of life, are potent causes in exciting the vile practice; 

but by far the most frequent causes are evil associations, wicked or 

ignorant nurses, and local disease, or abnormality. These latter we 

will consider more particularly, as they have not been so fully dwelt 

upon elsewhere. 

 

Evil Associations.--A child may have been reared with the greatest care. 

From infancy he may have been carefully shielded from all pernicious 

influences, so that at the age of ten or twelve, when he is for the 

first time sent away to school, he may be free from vice; but when he 

associates with his fellow-students, he soon finds them practicing a 

habit new to him, and being unwarned, he speedily follows their filthy 

example and quickly becomes fascinated with the vice. Thousands have 

taken their first lessons in this debasing habit at school. Teachers 

and scholars testify that it is often practiced even in school hours, 

almost under the teacher's eyes; but where the infection most quickly 

spreads is in the sleeping apartments, where more than one occupy the 

same bed, or where several sleep in the same room. 

 

Nothing is more indispensable to purity of body and of morals than a 

private sleeping room and single bed for each student. Such an 

arrangement would protect the youth from the reception of much evil, 

and would allow an opportunity for privacy which every young man or 

youth needs for his spiritual as well as physical benefit. Not the least 

benefit of the latter class is the opportunity for a thorough cleansing 

of the whole body every morning, which is almost as indispensable to 

purity of morals as cleanliness of body. The same suggestion is fully 

as applicable to the sleeping arrangements of girls. The exceptional 

cases in which this plan would not be the best are very few indeed. 

 

Corruption in Schools.--Says Dr. Acton, "I cannot venture to print the 

accounts patients have given me of what they have seen or even been 

drawn into at schools. I would fain hope that such abominations are 

things of the past." The entrance of a single corrupt boy into a school 

which may have been previously pure--though such schools must be 

extremely rare--will speedily corrupt almost the entire membership. 

The evil infection spreads more rapidly than the contagion of small-pox 

or yellow fever, and it is scarcely less fatal. 

 

This danger exists not in public or city schools alone, but in the most 

select and private schools. A father who had kept his two sons under 

the care of a private governess for several years, and then placed them 

in a small school taught by a lady, and composed of a few small children 

from the most select families, was greatly astonished when informed 

by a physician that his sons showed symptoms of the effects of 

self-abuse. He was totally incredulous; but an investigation showed 

that they had already practiced the vile habit for several years, having 


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