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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

females the greatest injury results from the nervous exhaustion which 

follows the unnatural excitement. Nervous diseases of every variety 

are developed. Emaciation and debility become more marked even than 

in the male, and the worst results are produced sooner, being hastened 

by the sedentary habits of these females, generally. Insanity is more 

frequently developed than in males. Spinal irritation is so frequent 

a result that a recent surgical author has said that "spinal irritation 

in girls and women is, in a majority of cases, due to self-abuse."[52] 

 

[Footnote 52: Davis.] 

 

A Common Cause of Hysteria.--This, too, is one of the most frequent 

causes of hysteria, chorea, and epilepsy among young women, though not 

often recognized. 

 

A writer, quoted several times before in this work, remarks as 

follows:-- 

 

"This is not a matter within the scope of general investigation; truth 

is not to be expected from its _habitues_; parents are deceived 

respecting it, believing rather what they wish than what they fear. 

Even the physician can but suspect, till time develops more fully by 

hysterias, epilepsies, spinal irritations, and a train of symptoms 

unmistakable even if the finally extorted confession of the poor victim 

did not render the matter clear. Marriage does, indeed, often arrest 

this final catastrophe, and thus apparently shifts the responsibility 

upon other shoulders, and to the 'injurious effects of early 

marriages,' to the 'ills of maternity,' are ascribed the results of 

previous personal abuse. 

 

"For statistics and further information on this all-important subject, 

we must refer the reader to the opinions of physicians who have the 

charge of our retreats for the insane, lunatic asylums, and the like; 

to the discriminating physicians of the families of the upper 

classes--stimulated alike by food, drinks, scenes where ease is 

predominant, where indolence is the habit and novel-reading is the 

occupation--for further particulars on a subject here but barely 

alluded to."[53] 

 

[Footnote 53: Gardner.] 

 

 

 

EFFECTS UPON OFFSPRING. 

 

If sterility does not result, children are liable to be "delicate, puny, 

decrepit, or subject to various congenital maladies, especially of the 

nervous system, to idiocy from deficient development of the brain, to 

hydrocephalus, to epilepsy, convulsions, palsy. The scrofulous 

diathesis, tubercular and glandular maladies, diseases of the 

vertebrae and of the joints, softening of the central portions of the 

brain, and tuberculous formations in the membranes, palsy and 

convulsions, chorea, inflammations of the membranes or substance of 

the brain or spinal cord, and numerous other affections to which infants 

and children are liable, very commonly result from the practice of 

self-pollution by either of the parents previous to marriage. But the 

evil does not always stop at this epoch of existence, it often extends 

throughout the life of the offspring, or it appears only with puberty 

and mature age." 

 

Too frequently, the victim of self-abuse, when he finds himself 


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