" 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 parade before their victims' imaginations, such as ' involuntary blushings,' ' loss of vigor,' ' gradual decay of nature,' and the like.

" Suffice it to say, that the general symptoms are similar to those which are present in all cases of disease where the patient is subjected to the effects of continuous exhaustion of the system. He becomes languid, weak, and unfit for any sustained physical or mental exertion, disposed rather to brood in solitude over his misfortunes, than to join in social conversation and amusements, thin, pale, and anaemic in appearance.

" In the majority of cases, especially of those which are connected with masturbation, the patient is unwilling to speak of his ailment, and particularly reticent concerning its causes and nature. To this peculiarity may be attributed, in great measure, the uncertainty and difficulty of treatment. A physician may go on for a long time, treating a case of this kind by general measures, but unless he should eventually suspect its real character, and satisfy himself, by closer questioning, of the accuracy of his suspicions, no improvement will be manifest in the condition of the patient.

In fact, the patient will be further off from a cure than ever; the physician, unconscious of the 'fons et origo malt,' will get baffled and disheartened at the continuous want of success, while the patient, becoming more reticent, and it may be more addicted to the bad habit, will fall into an almost hopelessly chronic state of illness and despair. How much better would it be for the patient's health and happiness, if he could face the matter boldly, and at once disclose the nature of his case to his medical adviser. ' Half-confidences are bad,' remarked one of our most distinguished judges, Lord St. Leonards, with reference to legal consultations; what, then, must half-confidences be in a medical consultation where the real nature and origin of the case are known only to the patient himself?

" If the patient gives a fair history of his ailment, the physician will usually be enabled to mark out a definite course of successful treatment."

Dr. Storer, Vice-President of the American Medical Association, says, concerning the hygiene of the functions of sex: -

"The subject is one that concerns all, for it lies at the foundation of society - sexual health and disease, the need or advantage of marriage, the need or advantage of divorce, the chance of home being such or an empty name, an earthly heaven or a worse than purgatory - these are topics that affect each man, however careless or unconcerned he may think himself, or may appear to be.

"Is it asked, if these disclosures are not by their very publication subversive of good morals, and the calling attention to the true relation of the sexes suggestive to bad men of, and conducive towards, their false relations ? I answer -

" First, that to ignore the existence of sin, error, misery, is in reality to encourage and to increase them. It is like talking upon thinly-crusted lava, or upon breaking ice, certain to prevent our saving others, ready indeed to ingulf even ourselves. We varnish over or seek to conceal vice, and it loses half its grossness - it becomes attractive perhaps, or fashionable; but if we strip it of its veil, any soul, not wholly smirched, will recoil with horror.

"Again, all of us learn the lessons of life by experience - sad experience, indeed, it too often is. Many a man would give even his own soul could his past life be restored to him, and us follies, its sins be effaced. Too often his soul is no longer his own to give: inextricably entangled in passion's web, wound about and about with its myriad threads, there remains but the dead and worthless semblance of himself, that can be restored by naught save the boundless grace of God. Who would not gladly escape such risk, and welcome every premonition of danger ?

" Still again, many, claiming to be immaculate themselves, will ask, 'A.m 1' my brother's keeper ?' And yet, living together in communities, as we do, it must be confessed that we are responsible, every one of us, and to a very great extent, for the shortcomings and evil deeds of all the rest, and it must also be confessed that there does not exist, that there probably never existed, a perfectly immaculate man, who never once has erred in the very matter we are now considering, either in deed, or in word, or in thought. Consoling indeed for those of us who humbly confess our infirmities is this very fact. Take the very basest of us. and he at times is conscious of vain regrets of his own misdeeds, and a fond desire that those whom he loves, for every man has such, may be better than he. Take the very best of us, and he sees a height beyond any he has yet attained, that he prays he may yet reach and pass.

"And further: not merely are these researches, publications for the general weal, perfectly legitimate and advisable in themselves; they have been sanctioned by precedents that have already been established. I do not refer to the attempts of unprincipled empirics to terrify the masses by overdrawn pictures of disease, nor of holy and well-meaning men to turn them to better ways by fervent descriptions of the wrath to come. We shall take neither the fear of things present nor future as our standard in this discussion, but appeal solely to each man's reason - and such appeals have been made before. They have been made in France by Ricord, by Lallemand, and others of the great medical philosophers of the day; by Parent-Duchatelet and by Diday. In England, there are men like Acton, who dare to sound the trumpet of alarm, bringing forward their facts from private practice, from the hospital, and from the dead-house, and drawing from these indisputable conclusions. In our own country there are men like those brave souls, now one of them at least translated to a better country, Blatchford, and Hodge, and Pope, and Barton, and Lopez, and Brisbane, physicians of the very highest rank in their profession, who were not ashamed, in the question of the frequency and the ill results of criminal abortion, to take stand beside me upon the platform of our personal knowledge, and knowing, they dared maintain. I will cite but one instance more. It is that of a good man now gone to his rest, and a very rock he was to the swelling tide of moral as well as physical evil - the late Professor John Ware, of Massachusetts. His little work has stayed many a headlong step and saved many a soul alive."