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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

considerable intellectual power and some culture, but showed 

unmistakable signs of his early indiscretion. He stated that although 

he mingled quite freely with other boys of his age, he obtained no 

knowledge of the habit from others. He often heard allusions which he 

did not understand, and of which he did not, fortunately, discover the 

meaning. But he was afflicted with congenital _phimosis_, the prepuce 

being so tight that retraction was impossible. This, together with 

urinal irritation,--which occasioned nocturnal incontinence of 

urine,--constipation, and highly seasoned food, produced so much local 

irritation as to occasion frequent erections, and an increased 

secretion. He soon noticed that there was an accumulation of hardened 

secretion beneath the foreskin, and in attempting to remove this, he 

accidentally provoked voluptuous sensations. He speedily abandoned 

himself to the habit, often repeating it several times a day. Beginning 

at the age of twelve years, he continued it for three or four years. 

 

Soon after acquiring the habit, he became aware of its tendencies, 

through reading books upon the subject, but he found himself so 

completely enslaved that abstinence seemed impossible. One resolution 

to reform after another was formed, only to be speedily broken. His 

unwholesome diet, habitual constipation, and especially the 

unfortunate organic difficulty in his genital organs, produced an 

almost constant priapism, which was only relieved, and then but 

temporarily, by the act of pollution. His sedentary habits increased 

the difficulty to an extreme degree. 

 

In the meantime, his constitution, naturally weak, was being gradually 

undermined. He suffered from constant headache, heart-burn, pains in 

the back and limbs, weakness, and lassitude. Yet he attributed none 

of these ailments to the true cause. After the lapse of three or four 

years thus spent, and after repeated ineffectual attempts, by a 

powerful effort of the will, by the aid of prayer, and by adopting a 

more wholesome diet, he succeeded in getting the mastery of his vice. 

But the local difficulties still continued in a great degree, and under 

particularly aggravating circumstances occasioned a relapse at long 

intervals. After a time, the local difficulties grew less and less, 

and enabled him to gain a complete victory over the habit, though the 

results of previous sin still remained, for which he desired treatment. 

 

This case will serve as a fair illustration of many of similar character, 

in which the child accidentally makes the discovery which leads him 

to work his own ruin. 

 

Other Physical Causes.--Constipation, piles, irritable bladder, 

fissure of the anus, local uncleanliness, and pruritis of the genital 

organs, will produce the habit in both males and females in the manner 

described. Sleeping on feather beds increases the local congestion, 

and thus favors the exciting influences of any of the above-named causes. 

It may, perhaps, itself be the exciting cause. 

 

We once treated a patient who was affected with stone in the bladder, 


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