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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

treated in a great variety of ways without success, all the usual 

remedies for club-foot proving ineffectual. Both of these cases 

appeared in the clinic of Dr. Sayre at Bellevue Hospital, and were 

operated upon by him. 

 

We have recently observed several cases of spinal disease which could 

be traced to no origin but masturbation. Two patients were small boys, 

naturally quite intelligent. They manifested all the peculiarities of 

loco-motor ataxia in older persons, walking with the characteristic 

gait. The disease was steadily progressing in spite of all attempts 

to stay it. An older brother had died of the same malady, paralysis 

extending over the whole body, and finally preventing deglutition, so 

that he really starved to death. 

 

Insanity.--That solitary vice is one of the most common causes of 

insanity, is a fact too well established to need demonstration here. 

Every lunatic asylum furnishes numerous illustrations of the fact. 

"Authors are universally agreed, from Galen down to the present day, 

about the pernicious influence of this enervating indulgence, and its 

strong propensity to generate the very worst and most formidable kinds 

of insanity. It has frequently been known to occasion speedy, and even 

instant, insanity."[51] 

 

[Footnote 51: Arnold.] 

 

"Religious insanity," so-called, may justly be attributed to this cause 

in a great proportion of cases. The individual is conscience-smitten 

in view of his horrid sins, and a view of his terrible condition--ruined 

for both worlds, he fears--goads him to despair, and his weakened 

intellect fails; reason is dethroned, and he becomes a hopeless lunatic. 

His friends, knowing nothing of the real cause of his mysterious 

confessions of terrible sin, think him over-conscientious, and lay the 

blame of his insanity upon religion, when it is solely the result of 

his vicious habits, of which they are ignorant. 

 

In other cases, the victim falls into a profound melancholy from which 

nothing can divert him. He never laughs, does not even smile. He becomes 

more and more reserved and taciturn, and perhaps ends the scene by 

committing suicide. This crime is not at all uncommon with those who 

have gone the whole length of the road of evil. They find their manhood 

gone, the vice in which they have so long delighted is no longer possible, 

and, in desperation, they put an end to the miserable life which nature 

might lengthen out a few months if not thus violently superseded. 

 

If the practice is continued uninterruptedly from boyhood to manhood, 

imbecility and idiocy are the results. Demented individuals are met 

in no small numbers inside of hospitals and asylums, and outside as 

well, who owe to this vice their awful condition. Plenty of half-witted 

men whom one meets in the every-day walks of life have destroyed the 

better half of their understanding by this wretched practice. 

 

A Victim's Mental Condition Pictured.--The mental condition of a victim 

of this vice cannot be better described than is done in the following 

paragraphs by one himself a victim, though few of these unfortunate 


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