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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

vile habit of which we are writing, will almost invariably show at this 

time evidences of the injury which has been wrought. The unnatural 

excitement of the organs before the period of puberty, lays the 

foundation for life-long disease. When that critical epoch arrives, 

the organs are found in a state of congestion often bordering on 

inflammation. The increased congestion which naturally occurs at this 

time in many cases is sufficient to excite most serious disease. Here 

is the beginning of a great many of the special diseases which are the 

bane and shame of the sex. Displacements of various sorts, congestions, 

neuralgia of the ovaries, leucorrhoea, or whites, and a great variety 

of kindred maladies, are certain to make their appearance at this period 

or soon after in those who have previously been guilty of self-abuse. 

If the evil influences already at work are augmented by tight lacing, 

improper dressing of the extremities, hanging heavy skirts upon the 

hips, and fashionable dissipation generally, the worst results are sure 

to follow, and the individual is certain to be a subject for the doctors 

for a good portion of her life. 

 

A talented writer some time since contributed to a popular magazine 

an article entitled, "The Little Health of Women," which contained many 

excellent hints respecting the influences at work to undermine the 

health and destroy the constitutions of American women; but he did not 

even hint at this potent cause, which, we firmly believe, is responsible 

for a far greater share of the local disease and general poor health 

of girls, young women, and married ladies, than has been generally 

recognized. These are startling facts, but we are prepared to 

substantiate them. 

 

Remote Effects.--Not all of the effects of the vice appear in girlhood, 

nor even during early life. Not infrequently it is not until the girl 

has grown up to be a wife and mother that she begins to appreciate fully 

the harm that has been wrought. At this time, when new demands are made 

upon the sexual organism, when its proper duties are to be performed, 

there is a sudden failure; new weaknesses and diseases make their 

appearance, new pains and sufferings are felt, which no woman who has 

not in some way seriously transgressed the laws of health will suffer. 

In not a few instances it is discovered that the individual is wholly 

unfitted for the duties of maternity. Often, indeed, maternity is 

impossible, the injury resulting from the sins committed being so great 

as to render the diseased organism incapable of the functions required. 

 

In the great majority of cases these peculiar difficulties, morbid 

conditions, and incapacities are attributed to overwork, overstudy, 

"taking cold," "getting the feet wet," or some other cause wholly 

inadequate to account for the diseased conditions present, although 

in many instances it may be true that some such unfortunate circumstance 

may be the means of precipitating the effects of previous sin upon 

organs already relaxed, debilitated, and thus prepared readily to take 


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