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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

year by year. The boys of to-day would be no match in physical strength 

for the sturdy youths of a century ago who are now their grandparents. 

An immense amount of skillful training enables now and then one to 

accomplish some wonderful feat of walking, rowing, or swimming, but 

we hear very little of remarkable feats of labor accomplished by our 

modern boys. Even the country boys of to-day cannot endure the hard 

work which their fathers accomplished at the same age; and we doubt 

not that this growing physical weakness is one of the reasons why so 

large a share of the boys whose fathers are farmers, and who have been 

reared on farms, are unwilling to follow the occupation of their fathers 

for a livelihood. They are too weakly to do the work required by an 

agricultural life, even by the aid of the numerous labor-saving 

inventions of the age. 

 

What is it that is undermining the health of the race and sapping the 

constitutions of our American men? No doubt much may be attributed to 

the unnatural refinements of civilization in several directions; but 

there can be no doubt that vice is the most active cause of all. Secret 

sin and its kindred vices yearly ruin more constitutions than hard work, 

severe study, hunger, cold, privation, and disease combined. 

 

Boys, the destiny of the race is in your hands. You can do more than 

all the doctors, all the scientists and most eminent political men in 

the world, to secure the prosperity and future greatness of the nation, 

by taking care of yourselves, by being pure, noble, true to yourselves 

and to the demands of high moral principle. 

 

Cases Illustrating the Effects of Self-Abuse.--The land is full of poor 

human wrecks who have dashed in pieces their hopes for this world, and 

too often for the next also, against this hideous rock which lies hidden 

in the pathway of every young man who starts out upon life's stormy 

voyage. Gladly would we draw the veil and cover them with all their 

dreadful deformities with the mantle of charity from the gaze of their 

fellow-beings; but their number is so great that this could scarcely 

be done, and the lesson to be learned from their sad fate is such a 

grave one, and so needful for the good of the generation of young men 

who are just encountering the same dangers, that we cannot resist the 

promptings of duty to present a few examples of the effects of vice 

in men and boys that have fallen under our own observation. We have 

seen hundreds of cases of this sort; have treated many scores of persons 

for the effects of the terrible crime which we are seeking to sound 

a warning against, and the number of cases we might describe would fill 

a volume; but we will select only a very few. 

 

Two Young Wrecks.--Charles and Oscar B---- were the sons of a farmer 

in a Western State, aged respectively ten and twelve years. They 

possessed well-formed heads, and once had beautiful faces, and were 

as bright and sprightly as any little boys of their age to be found 

anywhere. Their father was proud of them, and their fond mother took 


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