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The Transmission Of Life. Counsels On The Nature And Hygiene Of The Masculine Function



The opportunities afforded by a professional practice in a large city, as well as information derived from many parents and educators, have led the author of this work to believe that a great amount of suffering and crime would be avoided, did young men and those who have the charge of youth more clearly understand the nature and hygiene of the function of their sex. It is in this department of medicine more than in any other that the unscrupulous charlatan finds a congenial field, because here he is favored by the general ignorance and the natural diffidence of his victims. Absurd and exaggerated statements have been forcibly thrust upon the public, not to allay, but to excite groundless fears. These it has been the author's aim to dispel.

TitleThe Transmission Of Life. Counsels On The Nature And Hygiene Of The Masculine Function
AuthorGeorge H. Napheys
PublisherH. C. Watts
Year1879
Copyright1878, D. G. Brinton
AmazonThe Transmission of Life

The Transmission Of Life. Counsels On The Nature And Hygiene Of The Masculine Function

By George H. Napheys, A.M., M.D., Member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society; Corresponding member OF tub Gynaecological Society of Boston ; Author of " The Physical Life or Woman," "Modern Therapeutics," "Litters prom Europe," Etc.

Knowledge is Safety

"Nosse omnia haec salus est adolescentulis." - Terentics.

New Edition. With The Final Corrections And Additions Of The Author, And With A Biographical Sketch.

Philadelphia: H. C. Watts Go. 506, 508 & 510 Minor St. 1879.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1878. By D. G. Brinton, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at "Washington. All rights reserved.

To The Rev. John Todd, D. D.,

Whose Efforts, During A Third Of A Century, In Elevating The Character And Education Of The Young Men Of Our Country Have Won For Him An Enviable Fame This Work Is, With Permission, Most Respectfully Dedicated By The Author.

-Publishers' Announcement
An untold amount of misery and crime springs from an ignorance of the nature and proper hygienic care of the sexual function in man. Hitherto there has been no reliable work in the language on this su...
-Synopsis Of The Book
The first part treats of the peculiar function of the male, describes the period of puberty when this function begins, and gives the rules of health at this time. The author theu passes on to virility...
-Author's Preface
The opportunities afforded by a professional practice in a large city, as well as information derived from many parents and educators, have led the author of this work to believe that a great amount o...
-Editor's Preface To The Present Edition
At the time of the decease of the author of this work he had under contemplation a new edition, with various enlargements. Several of the topics he had treated of assumed more importance as a wider ex...
-Biographical Sketch Of George Henry Napheys, M.D
Were man's life measured by his deeds, as the poet suggests, how brief would be the long years of many an octogenarian, and how extended the short span which has been allotted to not a few of the worl...
-Biographical Sketch Of George Henry Napheys, M.D. Part 2
Dr. Edwin M. Snow, Health Officer of the City of Providence, R. I.; Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Rev. Horace Bushnell, D.D., Rev. George A. Crooke, D.D., D.C.L., and others. On its appearance, the work...
-Biographical Sketch Of George Henry Napheys, M.D. Part 3
With these collected stores he returned to the United States early in 1875, and set to work with his wonted energy. A new and much enlarged edition of the Thera-peutics was sent to press; a Handboo...
-The Transmission Of Life. Introductory
It is time that science, renouncing a reticence which long experience has proved pernicious, should explain and apply to the public good the hygienic laws which pertain to that instinct which, beyond ...
-Part I. The Natural History Of Manhood. The Physical Traits Of The Male
The distinction of sex is no after-thought, no hap-hazard accident in the formation of the individual, but commences with the very beginning of life. Male and female created He them, says the inspi...
-Man's Specific Function
All these deep-seated differences, the whole great fact of sexuality with its infinite bearings on the social, the physical, and the moral life of man, look to the accomplishment of one purpose, to th...
-Puberty. What It Is
At a certain period in the life of the youth he undergoes a change by which he acquires powers, which qualify him to take part in the perpetuation of his kind. This change is the period of puberty. It...
-The Hygiene Of Puberty
Let it be distinctly understood, therefore, that it is alto-gether advisable, and the only consistent hygienic course, to defer as long as possible the development of the sexual in-stinct. It will sur...
-What Is Passion!
All these precautions are to what end ? To avoid exciting the passion of sex. It is veil to hold this clearly in view; and it is also well to understand distinctly what this passion is. Through a want...
-The Man Unsexed
To illustrate what has just been said, we can draw useful lessons from the condition of those who, through a fiendish ingenuity or some surgical necessity, have been deprived of those parts which are ...
-Virility. Signs Of Established Virility
We have intimated that puberty and virility are by no means synonymous terms. The former is a season of change and preparation. The constitution is summoning all its powers to prepare the individual p...
-Hygiene Of Virility
Those who are already in the enjoyment of good health will need but few instructions to retain their strength at this period of life. They must, however, bear in mind the approach of advancing years, ...
-The Decay Of Virility
The age of forty-five years, which we have just stated as the average term at which sexual decadence commences, is very far from a fixed rule. Perhaps in no one cyclical change in life do individuals ...
-Causes That Hasten The Loss Of Virility
He who would secure a green old age must commence his cares when young. Not many men can fritter away a decade or two of years in dissipation and excess, and ever hope to make up their losses by rigid...
-Diseases Which Shorten Virility
Apart from those disorders, such as acute inflammations, cancer, and sloughing ulcers, which actually destroy the organs, there are a number which excite a morbid activity, prompting to excess or repe...
-Effects Of Occupations And Exercises
Very little attention has been paid by previous writers to the effects which the various occupations exert on the maintenance of virility. The importance of this consideration we have just instanced i...
-How To Retain Virility In Age
From what has been said, the reader will now be prepared to understand the essential difference which exists between a nervous function, like that concerned in the reproduction of life, and muscular p...
-The Food And Drinks Which Strengthen Virility
The influence of animal as opposed to vegetable food upon life and health has often been discussed. All readers are aware that certain theorists maintain that man as a species is a herbivorous or a fr...
-The Food And Drinks Which Weaken Virility
We sum up in one sentence all the highly-seasoned articles, and too exclusively animal diet, which we spoke of in the last section. The system should neither be enfeebled by insufficient or innutritio...
-Drugs Which Stimulate Desire
There are certain substances which act locally on the membranes and organs associated in the performance of the masculine function, leading to irritation of the nerves of the part, to an unnatural exc...
-Drugs Which Moderate Desire
Rabelais' hero, Panurge, in the passage from the celebrated romance, insists on Rondibilis suggesting some other means of controlling his carnal desires than the use of wine. This the obliging doctor ...
-Our National Tendency To Premature Loss Of Virility
We quoted, a few pages back, the words of a French writer on old age, who placed the commencement of the period of decadence in man between fifty and sixty. The gifted Flourens, in his work on huma...
-Relations Of The Sexual To The Other Functions
In all that we have said before, we aimed to keep constantly in view and to impress upon the reader the intimate association which exists between the specific functions of sex, and the rest of the eco...
-Part II. The Celibate Life
With the male rests the choice whether or not he shall peek to contract a union with the other sex for the purpose of perpetuating the species. This is a wise, and, indeed, a necessary provision of na...
-The Advantages Of Celibacy
Were this world all. and life limited by the existence of the- body, the physiologist could recognize no duty more imperative than that to the species, and no demand more im-portant than that to perpe...
-Proper Reasons For Celibacy
We believe no modern civilized state has revived the ancient law prohibiting bachelorhood. It has been left, and wisely, to the discretion of the individual himself. For there are very good reasons w...
-Disadvantages Of Celibacy
Let us at this point draw a distinction, and a wide one. Under the term celibates we include all males past the age of puberty who are not married; but it by no means follows that this celibacy means ...
-The Solitary Vice
We have just spoken of the peculiar dangers to which the unmarried condition is exposed. Our purpose now is to take these up in detail, and suggest what we can toward their prevention and cure. The...
-Celibacy Consequences
And yet it is no part of our purpose to give in this place the long list of symptoms, nor to describe the changes in face, expression, and form which such self-excitation brings about. We have observe...
-Celibacy Prevention
What we have to say on this subject we address to parents and educators. For on them devolves the serious responsibility of preventing the formation of this habit, which, when once firmly fastened on ...
-Celibacy Cure
Many a victim with flagging body and enfeebled will is ready to cry out: Who shall deliver me from the body of this death ? Let them know for their consolation that very many men, now hale and happy, ...
-Spermatorrhea
If the functions which connect us with our species are a source of pleasure when properly governed, so they are also the causes of acutest agony when disordered, or even when we only imagine they are ...
-How To Prevent Spermatorrhea
The suggestions we have to offer here are rendered almost unnecessary by what we have said of its causes. Many of them - all of them, indeed, except the hereditary predisposition - are within the powe...
-How To Cure Spermatorrhea
Although this is the physician's business and not the patient's, and although it is no part of our plan to instruct or to advise the sick to heal themselves, there are some remarks we have to make und...
-Secret Diseases. Their Effects And Frequency
A masked pestilence, a subtle infection is stealing upon the health of the nation, poisoning its blood and shorten-ing its life, spreading from husband to wife, from parent to offspring, from nurse to...
-Nature And History of Secret Diseases
The contagious diseases which are propagated by the sexual relations are two in number, and are technically known as gonorrhoea and syphilis. They both commence by some local manifestation, and may no...
-The Course And The Consequences Of Secret Diseases
We believe that if the public generally, and especially young men, were better aware of the dangers they incur from illicit indulgence, there would be a determined effort at re-form both in municipal ...
-"Syphilophobia"
While we do not wish to mitigate by one line the dark colors of this picture, we still have a word of consolation which we shall interpolate here. By no means every case of disease runs on to this di...
-The Sin Of The Father Visited On The Children
If there is any field where the philanthropist and reformer is most urgently demanded, it is to limit the infant mortality which prevails to such an alarming extent in our great cities. In New York, B...
-How Soon Can A Man, Once Diseased, Marry?
A French specialist of eminence does not hesitate to reply: Never. We cannot agree with him. In a large number of persons the disease is transient, mild, curable. In others it may be severe and obstin...
-How To Prevent Sexual Diseases
What we have said of the extent, the virulence, and the calamitous results on the individual, his offspring, and the nation, of these, diseases, must evoke in every mind the earnest desire to see some...
-Personal Means Of Sexual Diseases Prevention
Foreign writers have spoken much of the means for the personal prevention of diseases of this character. Very minute directions are given, and certain chemical preservatives recommended, by the applic...
-The Social Evil
We have now pointed out with dispassionate yet earnest words the deplorable consequences of misgoverned sexual instinct on the individual, on his family, on his children, and through these on society ...
-Prostitution In The United States
There is no branch of social science that offers greater difficulties to the investigator than that which concerns itself with the number, the life, the fate, and the condition of fallen women. It has...
-Prostitution Effects On The Woman
Dr. Sanger, a physician of New York, who has had favor' able opportunities for investigation in that city, asserts that the whole population of public women changes once in four years; in other words,...
-Prostitution Consequences To The Man
In speaking of the effects of the social evil on women, we have been repeating common-places which every reader knew or suspected. But there remains an exhibit of its consequences to be made, which is...
-The Causes That Maintain Prostitution
The social problem we are considering must be studied in its origin in order to prepare any method for its solution. We ask, therefore, what is it leads so many women, usually almost necessarily, youn...
-Shall Prostitution Be Regulated By Law?
In mere despair at discovering any means of entire repres-sion, and very properly unwilling to shut the eyes and refuse to see this hideous and advancing tide of immorality and disease, many governmen...
-Part III. The Married Life. The Preliminaries Of Marriage
A max first becomes a man and a woman a woman in marriage. Only when united by that mysterious rite does each find nature satisfied, and all the faculties and functions meetly exercised. By such union...
-The Meaning Of Marriage
The composite character of the nature of our species does not allow us to answer this in one sentence. We are formed of organic, terrestrial bodies, and of subtle spirits. To the former portion of our...
-Physical Fitness And Unfitness For Marriage
The physiological and also the legal understanding of marriage is, that it is a union for the purpose of offspring. Therefore both the lawyer and the physician must condemn any marriage in which th...
-The Choice Of A Wife
Although the boy Cupid is notoriously blind, and shoots his arrows wildly, yet it is not amiss for the prudent man to take such an important step as marriage with his eyes open. A vast amount of domes...
-Marrying Cousins
The question whether intermarriage of near relatives can be approved is one which within the last few years has excited lively discussion among physicians. The most skilful are found on opposite sides...
-Long Engagements
Plighted troth is a poetical and romantic subject, but there is such a thing as carrying a prolonged fidelity under the terms of an engagement to a dangerous excess. We do not now refer to the m...
-The Male Flirt
The evils we have just mentioned find their origin in ungratified sexual excitement. This is always sure to be attended, if frequently repeated and long-continued, by injurious consequences. Whether i...
-The Consummation Of Marriage. Its Signification
In both law and medicine the prime object of marriage, regarded from a social point of view, is the continuation of the species. Hence, until the preliminary steps to this end are taken, the marriage ...
-Ignorance Concerning Marriage
While this precocious knowledge was at one time not con-demned as it deserved to be, and as it now is, proper informa-tion on the subject is still singularly lacking. As Mr. Acton correctly remarks: ...
-The Marriage Relation
Usually marriage in this country is consummated within a day or two of the ceremony. In Greece, the excellent rule prevails that at least three days shall be allowed to elapse between the rite and the...
-The Tests Of Virginity
There is a wide-spread, an erroneous, and a most mischievous notion accepted among those not acquainted with anatomy, that unless marriage is a bloody rite, it is indicative of previous unchastity on ...
-Obstacles To The Consummation Of Marriage
We have now to consider the cases where for some inca-pacity on the one side or the other, it is not possible to consummate marriage. When an incapacity of this kind is absolute or incurable, says Bou...
-Obstacles To The Consummation Of Marriage On The Female
The most common cause of a temporary character is an excessive sensitiveness of the part. This may be so great that the severest pain is caused by the introduction of a narrow sound, and the conjugal ...
-Obstacles To The Consummation Of Marriage On The Male Part
These are far more numerous than in the female, and form an important branch of our subject. Probably no one topic in sanitary and physiological science gives rise to more dis tressing and generally m...
-1. Lethargy
There are some individuals who are rarely or never troubled by the promptings of nature to perpetuate life, and yet are by no means incapable of doing so. They are indeed few in number, and are usuall...
-2. Debility
It is not uncommon to find desire present, and yet the consummation of marriage to be impossible from a wan.t of power, although the individual is by no means impotent. This condition is called fals...
-3. Impotence
Actual impotence during the period of manhood is a very rare complaint, and nature very unwillingly and only after the absolute neglect of sanitary laws gives up the power of reproduction. Whatever me...
-4. Sterility
In the legal treatises we have consulted in order to ascertain the view which that profession takes of various ques-tions concerned in virility, it appears that no distinction is made between impotenc...
-Special Treatment Of Loss Of Power
What has been said about the causes of loss of power will to a considerable extent indicate the care necessary to prevent it, and to improve it. But besides these there is a specific course of trea...
-Husbands And Wives
We shall now suppose that the young couple have passed through the trials and dangers of the honey-moon, as it is familiarly called, and have settled down to the staid conduct of life as old marr...
-The Hygiene Of The Chamber
This should be a large, well-ventilated room, with a southern or western exposure, which can receive the direct sunlight for several hours of the day. At least twelve hundred cubic feet of air ought t...
-Of Marital Relations
At the outset of this important subject, we stop to correct a gross, but widely received popular error. Every woman, every physician, nearly every married man will support us in what we are going to s...
-The Dangers Of Sexual Excess
The unmarried man, who purchases at a high price, and rarely, the pleasures of illicit love, is generally supposed to be the only sufferer from excess in the venereal act. Far from it. He is by no mea...
-What is Sexual Excess?
As a matter of figures it is difficult to answer, but there is no difficulty whatever in stating explicitly the laws of hygiene in the case. The power of the masculine function in different men var...
-The Husband As A Father
The differences of the sexes, the emotions which depend upon these differences, and the institution of marriage are primarily and directly existent for the purpose of transmitting life, or, to put it ...
-The Nature Of Conception
The old writers had a proverb : Every living being originates in an egg. Without allowing this maxim the latitude it claims, it is perfectly true so far as the human race is concerned. Every one of ...
-The Avoidance And Limitation Of Offspring
He chooses the part of wisdom, which cannot be impugned, who attentively studies the laws of nature and obediently submits his life to her dictates. We have defined the only natural object of marriage...
-The Avoidance And Limitation Of Offspring. Continued
The habit of uncompleted intercourse which many adopt must be disapproved on the same grounds. It does violence to nature, and is liable to bring about premature loss of virility, and serious ...
-On The Production Of The Sexes At Will
It is often a matter of the utmost interest in families to have a child of a particular sex. There is always a disappointment in having a number of children all either boys or girls. The father, as a ...
-Inheritance. What Fathers Bequeath Children
The child is father to the man, it is said. We are not concerned with this adage, but with the seemingly self-evident axiom that the man is father to the child, in a deeper sense than in being h...
-How To Avoid Having Diseased And Deformed Children
The father's care over the health of his child should begin before its birth, nay, before its conception. Proper attention then may avert taints of the system which, once implanted, no medical skill c...
-The Laws Of Inheritance In Disease
Undoubtedly, judicious marriages would eradicate al, hereditary affections. Legislation upon this subject is, of course, impracticable. Yet its importance demands for it the closest attention from the...
-Hygienic Treatment Of Hereditary Diseases
As the precautionary rules which medical science has to offer are in many cases unknown, and in more numerous intances unheeded, injudicious marriages are constantly being formed. Children are therefo...
-The Mental Qualities We Inherit
We have hitherto been concerned merely with the transmission of physical qualities by inheritance. Are mental peculiarities, is talent, is genius itself, ever inherited ? We answer that there is undou...
-Is our Moral Nature Inheritable?
This question brings us face to face with the consideration of the hereditary character of crime. Michel de Montaigne was a profound observer of man, as well as a genial essayist. One of his papers...
-Does the Education of the Parents affect the Capacity and Morality of the Child ?
We have elsewhere asked,* Can virtuous habits be trans-mitted ? Can we secure virtues in our children by possessing them ourselves ? And we have replied, that we are scarcely more than passive tra...
-Why Children Do Not More Closely Resemble Parents?
If there exists in nature, and that there does is abundantly proved, a law by which the offspring so strongly tend, as we have just been endeavoring to show, to inherit the physical, mental, and moral...
-The Influence Of Race
Although somewhat foreign to the purpose of this work, which is concerned with the health of the individual rather than considerations of race, we cannot forbear to quote the thoughts of an eminent th...
-Part IV. Nervous Disorders Originating In The Male Generative System
This subject, singularly enough, has received little attention from medical writers. There have been no popular works of any merit on this important branch of medical science. Even in the text-books o...
-Nervous Disorders Originating In The Male Generative System. Continued
It is principally by excessive indulgence that elder men bring about nervous maladies. With them the strictest moderation, often absolute continence, is necessary if they would prolong their lives, an...
-A Cause Of Wasting
There is a disease which has recently attracted much attention in the medical profession. It is known under the learned name of tabes dorsalis, by which is meant an affection chiefly characterized by ...
-A Cause Of Convulsions
There is a difference of opinion in the minds of the pro-fession at the present time as to the frequency with which the solitary vice induces epileptic fits. All agree, however, that here is to be fou...
-Nervous Prostration
The new circumstances and remarkable activity which characterize our modern civilization are so different from those which surrounded the monotonous lives of our forefathers, that we have not as yet b...
-What Does This Teach?
It teaches that the part of prudence is to avoid more sedulously than ever before the strains upon our systems which are unnecessary, for our nervous organizations cannot bear that which those of our ...
-Disorders Of The Special Senses
To illustrate still further the intimate relationship which exists between all parts of the nervous system, and how even remote functions are connected in their healthy activity, we shall speak of a f...
-Disorders Of Digestion
The nourishment of the system depends, of course, very directly upon the proper digestion of the food we eat, and whatever interferes with the process, soon gives occasion for the appearance of a numb...
-The Prospects Of Cure Of Nervous Disorders
The catalogue of nervous disorders which depend upon disturbances of the generative functions is a somewhat long and a formidable one, but we do not wish the reader to carry away any false impressions...
-The Means Of Cure Of Nervous Disorders
While here, as in the previous parts of our work, we dis-claim the intention of pretending to qualify one uuversed in the doctrines of medicine to manage successfully serious diseases, as are some we ...
-The Physical Type Of Manhood
In the foregoing section we have seen how the constitution is sometimes wrecked by the local diseases which we have treated of in the present work. We have traced these effects from their incipient st...
-Medical Views On Popular Medical Instruction
Our belief in the necessity for a work similar to the one we have written has been abundantly justified, not only by the testimonials and warm recommendations which it has received from many eminent m...
-Medical Views On Popular Medical Instruction. Part 2
The general symptoms of spermatorrhoea need not be dwelt upon, and I shall purposely pass over the minutely detailed and grossly exaggerated symptoms, which the quacks carefully and persistently par...
-Medical Views On Popular Medical Instruction. Part 3
William Acton, M.R.C.S., Fellow of the Royal Med. and Chir., and statistical societies, etc. etc., in the preface and introduction to his work, addressed to the profession, on the Functions and Disord...
-From The British And Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Quarterly Review
We doubt whether, among our human relations, there is one that exerts a greater influence upon most of us than that which draws its impulses from the sexual feelings. Indirectly, it governs the whol...
-From The London Lancet
The only way by which some of the most important func-tional ailments and aberrant physiologic states affecting humanity can be rescued from the grasp of the most disgusting and villainous quackery, ...
-The Philadelphia Medical And Surgical Reporter
For January 7, 1871, In An Able Editorial, Entitled The Realm Of The Quack, Makes The Following Remarks Never anywhere in the field of human studies can we find more striking illustrations of...
-The Relation Of The Sexes In Early Youth
A number of thoughts which occurred to us while writing the earlier pages of this work, related to our theme, yet not directly forming a part of it, seem to us of such interest and practical bearing, ...
-The Theory Of Seclusion
The Oriental nations from the dawn of history to the present hour, as a rule, confine the females of the family to separate apartments, restrict their knowledge of the world, and debar them from socia...
-The Theory Of Social Union
In this country there is no excuse for the young man who seeks the society of the loose and the dissolute. There is at all times and everywhere open to him a society of persons of the opposite sex of ...
-The Co-Education Of The Sexes
We have spoken of this in a previous part of this work as an experiment, about the result of which we are not quite fully satisfied. The evidence which has been submitted to the public is nearly all i...
-The Relation Of Sex To Disease
It is an interesting inquiry to what extent the nature character, and frequency of disease in the human race are influenced by sex. The power of sex over disease exists to no inconsiderable degree. It...
-Man's Liability To Disease As Compared To Woman's
In other words, which sex is the more subject to sickness, and what diseases show a partiality to the male rather than the female sex? The most natural reply to this question, and the one in accord...
-Apoplexy
Men are oftener assailed by this dangerous disease than women. This may be accounted for, in part, by the well-known fact that one of the most active causes of apoplexy is the intemperate use of ferme...
-Epilepsy
This disease also is more prone to attack the male sex. An exception, however, is to be made in this respect in regard to the French, particularly Parisians. All French authors agree that in Paris at ...
-St. Vitus' Dance
This disease, known to physicians under the name of chorea, unlike apoplexy and epilepsy, is both more frequent and more fatal with the female than the male sex. It is essentially a disease of childre...
-Hysteria
This nervous affection is almost monopolized by the female sex. It is nearly exclusively met with in women between the ages of fourteen and thirty. It is a mistake, however, to suppose that men are ne...
-Neuralgia
This disease is more common, because probably of their greater exposure to the exciting causes, in men than in women. But that form of neuralgia which takes the shape of headache, is more of a feminin...
-Headache
There are few women who are not more or less sufferers from attacks of headache ; many men are never troubled in this way. Women not only are more subject to this affection, but they also suffer more ...
-Insanity
Males are more liable to insanity than females, in the proportion, according to the latest and most trustworthy tables, of fifty-three per cent. of males to forty-six per cent. of females. The period ...
-Bronchitis
Men are more liable to be assailed by inflammation of the bronchial tubes than women. This is probably due, to a great extent, to their greater exposure, in outdoor life, to the causes which induce br...
-Consumption
This fatal disease numbers more victims among the female than the male sex. Sex influences, also, the time of development of the symptoms when the affection is hereditary. Thus in males the malady man...
-Lung Fever
Cases of inflammation of the lungs occur much more frequently among males than females. The influence of sex in the causation of the disease is probably, however, more ap-parent than real. Men are mor...
-Heart Disease
Organic disease of the heart is more common in men than in women. The latter, however, are more liable to palpitation of the heart unconnected with disease of the structure of that organ. ...
-Aneurism
Males are more frequently affected with aneurism than females. According to the statements of some surgeons of the largest experience, more than seven-eighths of all cases occur in men. This greater l...
-Gout
Women sometimes suffer from gout, but neither so frequently nor so severely as men. Hippocrates stated that women were not liable to gout at all until after the change of life. This is not strictly tr...
-Rheumatism
The statistics of rheumatic affections show that, prior to the age of forty, more men than women die from rheumatic inflammations. After the age of forty, a curious change takes place in this respect....
-Dropsy
Men are more frequently afflicted with dropsical effusions than women. From forty to fifty years of age, the proportion of deaths from this malady is nine males to five females; from fifty to sixty, t...
-Enlargement Of The Liver
Increase in the size of the liver occurs more frequently in females. The highest living authority upon diseases of this organ, Dr. Murchison, of England, attributes this to the practice of tight-lacin...
-Constipation
There is a greater tendency to costiveness, and consequently a greater liability to the many evil results it brings, among females than males. The reasons commonly assigned for this are the more seden...
-Cancer
Cancerous disease is of more frequent occurrence among women than men. Thus, it has been found that of the 11,662 persons who, during a period of five years, died from it in England (exclusive of the ...
-Stone In The Bladder
This affection, so common in certain districts of the country with males, is very rarely met with in women. This is owing largely to anatomical reasons. ...
-Typhoid Fever
To this affection women are less subject than men. There is also a greater mortality among male patients than female. The influence of sex over disease is apparent, as we have seen, in many of the ...
-A Disease Peculiar To Old Men
In a previous chapter we called attention to the nervous disorders originating in the male generative system, their causes, and the prospects and means of cure. To these, therefore, we need not recur....
-The Moral Relations Of The Sexual Life
We have confined ourselves so far in our considerations on the relations of the sexes to the physiological aspects of the question, its physical and, to some extent, its intellectual bearings. It seem...
-The Sexual Relations In Heathendom
Did we desire to magnify the importance of our theme, we could readily illustrate from history how in all times it has so fastened itself upon the minds of men that it has shaped their destiny and eve...
-Sexual Relations In The Mosaic Law
The Old Testament by its clear and sublime teachings preserved the Israelites from the contamination by which they were surrounded. Situated in the midst of nations by whom an unlicensed debauchery wa...
-The Meaning Of These Warnings
Would these instructions have been given with this solemnity and with this care were they of small moment? We cannot for an instant entertain the idea. Can we suppose that their intention was merely s...
-In The New Testament
Too frequently there are those who in their natural inclinations allow themselves whatever liberties are not specifically prohibited by the moral code, just as there are in business matters too many w...
-Sexual Relations In Christianity
Thus Christianity, which came not to do away with the Mosaic law, still less to do away with the evils that law was given to correct, reiterates and defines the warnings and the instructions of the Ol...
-During The Middle Ages
The same unfortunate interpretation of the Christian doctrines produced similar violations of natural laws throughout the Middle Ages. The violence done to the natural impulses by an enforced and unwi...
-At The Present Day
These topics, we well know, lie without the field of medical inquiry, and we feel that we may be criticized for having spoken on matters which other and abler pens could treat with greater power. Nor ...
-Conclusion
As W3 reach the conclusion of our subject we cannot but feel the inadequacy with which we have treated the theme which has occupied us. The portion of man's nature whose laws and liabilities we have w...
-Appendix. I. The Progress Of Popular Culture In Physiology
It is gratifying to observe that with the increase in intellectual enlightenment, always comes a confidence in the belief that this enlightenment not only is consistent with, but is an aid to, sound m...
-II. The Effects Of Sexual Troubles On The Mind
The more intimately the publication of this work has led us to study and observe the effects of sexual troubles on man - whether those troubles were the results of vice, misfortune or ignorance, wheth...
-Hypochondria From Sexual Troubles
The cases which he includes under this name are those of male patients who regard trivial maladies, or even some of the natural events in their sexual life, with the unreasonable dread and gloom, or w...
-Varicocele
Again, as Sir James Paget remarks, there are some to whom, through ignorance or misguidance, a varicocele is a source of misery and dismay. A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins which lead to th...
-III. Remarks On The Dangers Of Solitary Habits
The readiness of doctors to disagree has often been a subject of sarcastic allusion, and certainly they have often justly exposed themselves to censure for hasty decisions. This may be partly attribut...
-Testimonials
The publishers take pleasure in presenting the following testimonials to the practical value and the moral tone of this work:- From The Rev. John Todd, D.D., Author of The Student's Manual, I...
-Testimonials. Part 2
N. Porter. From Dr. S. Austin Allibone, Author of the Dictionary of Authors. Geo. H. Napheys, M. D.- Dear Sir: I have read through your work on The Transmission of Life, and think it calc...
-Testimonials. Part 3
From The Philadelphia Medical And Surgical Reporter, Feb. 4, 1871 This book is intended to meet a want which, during the last year, has been urgently expressed by several medical and literary jour...









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