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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

incidentally touched upon in describing nocturnal emissions, with 

their immediate results. 

 

General Effects.--The many serious effects which follow the habit of 

self-abuse, in addition to those terrible local maladies already 

described, are the direct results of two causes in the male; viz., 

 

1. Nervous exhaustion; 

 

2. Loss of the seminal fluid. 

 

There has been much discussion as to which one of these was the cause 

of the effects observed in these cases. Some have attributed all the 

evil to one cause, and some to the other. That the loss of semen is 

not the only cause, nor, perhaps, the chief source of injury, is proved 

by the fact that most deplorable effects of the vice are seen in children 

before puberty, and also in females, in whom no seminal discharge nor 

anything analogous to it occurs. In these cases, it is the nervous shock 

alone which works the evil. 

 

Again, that the seminal fluid is the most highly vitalized of all the 

fluids of the body, and that its rapid production is at the expense 

of a most exhaustive effort on the part of the vital forces, is well 

attested by all physiologists. It is further believed by some eminent 

physicians that the seminal fluid is of great use in the body for 

building up and replenishing certain tissues, especially those of the 

nerves and brain, being absorbed after secretion. Though this view is 

not coincided in by all physiologists, it seems to be supported by the 

following facts:-- 

 

1. The composition of the nerves and that of spermatozoa is nearly 

identical. 

 

2. Men from whom the testes have been removed before puberty, as in 

the case of eunuchs, are never fully developed as they would otherwise 

have been. 

 

The nervous shock accompanying the exercise of the sexual 

organs--either natural or unnatural--is the most profound to which the 

system is subject. The whole nervous system is called into activity; 

and the effects are occasionally so strongly felt upon a weakened 

organism that death results in the very act. The subsequent exhaustion 

is necessarily proportionate to the excitement. 

 

It need not be surprising, then, that the effects of the frequent 

operation of two such powerful influences combined should be so 

terrible as they are found to be. 

 

_General Debility_.--Nervous exhaustion and the loss of the vivifying 

influence of the seminal fluid produce extreme mental and physical 

debility, which increases as the habit is practiced, and is continued 

by involuntary emissions after the habit ceases. If the patient's 

habits are sedentary, and if he had a delicate constitution at the start, 

his progress toward the grave will be fearfully rapid, especially if 

the habit were acquired young, as it most frequently is by such boys, 

they being generally precocious. Extreme emaciation, sallow or 

blotched skin, sunken eyes, surrounded by a dark or blue color, general 

weakness, dullness, weak back, stupidity, laziness, or indisposition 

to activity of any kind, wandering and illy defined pains, obscure and 

often terrible sensations, pain in back and limbs, sleeplessness, and 


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