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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

a train of morbid symptoms too long to mention in detail, attend these 

sufferers. 

 

_Consumption_.--It is well recognized by the medical profession that 

this vice is one of the most frequent causes of consumption. At least 

such would seem to be the declaration of experience, and the following 

statistical fact adds weight to the conclusion:-- 

 

"Dr. Smith read a paper before a learned medical association a few years 

since in which he pointed out the startling fact that in one thousand 

cases of consumption five hundred and eighteen had suffered from some 

form of sexual abuse, and more than four hundred had been addicted to 

masturbation or suffered from nocturnal emissions."[49] 

 

[Footnote 49: Acton.] 

 

"Most of those who early become addicted to self-pollution are soon 

afterward the subjects, not merely of one or more of the ailments 

already noticed, but also of enlargements of the lymphatic and other 

glands, ultimately of _tubercular deposits in the lungs_ and other 

viscera, or of scrofulous disease of the vertebrae or bones, or of other 

structures, more especially of the joints."[50] 

 

[Footnote 50: Copland.] 

 

Many young men waste away and die of symptoms resembling consumption 

which are solely the result of the loathsome practice of self-abuse. 

The real number of consumptives whose disease originates in this manner 

can never be known. 

 

_Dyspepsia_.--Indigestion is frequently one of the first results. 

Nervous exhaustion is always felt by the stomach very promptly. When 

dyspepsia is once really established, it reacts upon the genital organs, 

increasing their irritability as well as that of all the rest of the 

nervous system. Now there is no end to the ills which may be suffered; 

for an impaired digestion lays the system open to the inroads of almost 

any and every malady. 

 

_Heart Disease_.--Functional disease of the heart, indicated by 

excessive palpitation on the slightest exertion, is a very frequent 

symptom. Though it unfits the individual for labor, and causes him much 

suffering, he would be fortunate if he escaped with no disease of a 

more dangerous character. 

 

_Throat Affections_.--There is no doubt that many of the affections 

of the throat in young men and older ones which pass under the name 

of "clergyman's sore throat" are the direct results of masturbation 

and emissions. 

 

Dr. Acton cites several cases in proof of this, and quotes the following 

letter from a young clergyman:-- 

 

"When I began the practice of masturbation, at the age of sixteen, I 

was in the habit of exercising my voice regularly. The first part in 

which I felt the bad effects of that habit was in the organs of 

articulation. After the act, the voice wanted tone, and there was a 

disagreeable feeling about the throat which made speaking a source of 

no pleasure to me as it had been. By-and-by, it became painful to speak 

after the act. This arose from a feeling as if a morbid matter was being 

secreted in the throat, so acrid that it sent tears to the eyes when 

speaking, and would have taken away the breath if not swallowed. This, 


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