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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

in general it makes its appearance earlier in persons of a nervous or 

nervo-bilious temperament than in persons of a lymphatic temperament 

or phlegmatic nature. 

 

Certain nationalities and families are marked by the earlier occurrence 

of puberty than in others. In Jews, the change is commonly a year or 

two in advance of other nationalities in this country. It also occurs 

somewhat sooner in negroes and creoles than in white persons, the 

African race seeming to retain something of the precocity occasioned 

by the tropical influence of its native clime. 

 

Remarkable Precocity.--Cases occasionally occur in which puberty makes 

its appearance at the age of three or four years. Indeed, a case has 

been reported in this country in which a female child possessed all 

the characteristics which are usually developed at puberty, from birth. 

In this case the regular periodical changes began at birth. 

 

Premature Development Occasions Early Decay.--A fact which is of too 

great importance to allow to pass unnoticed, is that whatever occasions 

early or premature sexual development, also occasions premature decay. 

Females in whom puberty occurs at the age of ten or twelve, by the time 

their age is doubled, are shriveled and wrinkled with age. At the time 

when they should be in their prime of health and beauty, they are 

prematurely old and broken. Those women who mature late retain their 

beauty and their strength many years after their precocious sisters 

have become old, decrepit, and broken down. Thus, the matrons of thirty 

and forty years in colder climates are much more attractive in 

appearance than the maidens of sixteen; while quite the reverse is true 

in this and other countries where sexual development is unduly 

hastened. 

 

Early Puberty a Cause for Anxiety.--The unnaturally early appearance 

of puberty is a just cause for apprehension, since it usually indicates 

an inherent weakness of the constitution. When there are reasons for 

fearing its occurrence, active measures should be taken to occasion 

delay if possible. We call especial attention to this point, since there 

are many who erroneously suppose the early occurrence of puberty to 

be a sign of superior vigor. 

 

Changes which Occur at Puberty.--The changes which occur in the two 

sexes at this period have been thus described:-- 

 

"In both sexes, hair grows on the skin covering the _symphysis pubis_, 

around the sexual organs, and in the axillae (armpits). In man, the 

chest and shoulders broaden, the larynx enlarges, and the voice becomes 

lower in pitch from the elongation of the vocal cords; hair grows upon 

the chin, upper lip, and cheeks, and often exists upon the general 

surface of the body more abundantly than in woman." The sexual organs 

undergo enlargement, and are more frequently excited. The testicles 

first begin the secretion of the seminal fluid. 

 

"In woman, the pelvis and abdomen enlarge, but the whole frame remains 

more slender, the muscles and joints less prominent, the limbs more 

rounded and tapering [than in the male]. Locally, both external and 


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