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 of surgery there is scarcely more than a brief allusion to those nervous disorders having their origin in man's generative system. Far otherwise has it been with the diseases peculiar to women. During the last quarter of a century the ablest minds in the profession have been occupied largely, some exclusively, in the study of their nature and treatment. Nor have there been wanting well-informed and popular writers to diffuse among wives and mothers a sound knowledge of the laws of their organization, and to point out to them the methods of avoiding the infirmities of their sex. Thousands have thus been benefited. Equal advantages would result to the male sex from a correct knowledge of the causes and results of those diseases to which they alone are liable.

We are glad to notice that attention has been awakened to the great need of popular enlightenment in this direction. One of the most prominent of the English medical journals, the London Lancet, in a recent series of editorials on this theme, asserts that a most important service would be rendered to the community by lifting the discussion of the consequences of derangements of the specific function of mankind " out of the mire into which it has been cast by ignorance, by shametacedness, and by greed." On this side the Atlantic, the Philadelphia Medical and Surgical Reporter expresses " the wish that some skilled writer would dispel a little of the dense popular ignorance around these subjects, an ignorance which, shared as it is by parents, teachers, and professors, prevents them from giving instructions to their sons and pupils, by which the latter could be saved from incalculable pain, mental agony, and vice."

It has been our purpose in the previous pages to dwell at some length in treating of " The Celibate Life" upon three of the principal affections to which the unmarried man is more especially liable, viz., the consequences of the solitary vice, spermatorrhoea, and contagious secret disease. But there are many other disorders of the male reproductive organs, and there are numerous obscure nervous diseases which are set up and continued by irritation reflected from these parts. Some of them we will briefly consider.

Every physician is acquainted with the host of strange and seemingly remote consequences in women of uterine disease. In dealing with any affection in the weaker sex he sees the necessity of inquiry in regard to the health of this organ. Too often he overlooks the connection almost or quite as intimate which exists between the nervous and generative systems in his male patients. As a result of this neglect treatment is often nugatory.

Dr. Lewis A. Sayre, of New York, has recently recorded several cases of partial paralysis due to the unsuspected existence of generative malformations. When this able Burgeon remedied the local trouble the paralysis disappeared, although it had previously resisted the most energetic and best directed treatment. The doctor also relates, in the last volume of the Transactions of the American Medical Association, three cases of hip-disease in boys, for which he could at first find no cause in any injury, fall, blow, or wrench of the joint, but which he traced to the effect upon the hip-joint of frequent unnoticed falls to which the child was liable because of its muscular debility or partial paralysis caused by irritation of the genital organs. He is also satisfied, from recent experience, that to this same irritation may be traced many of the cases of excitable children with restless sleep and bad digestion, so often improperly attributed to worms.

It is the man of advanced years, however, whose nervous system is most susceptible to the influence of disorders of the reproductive organs. This topic occupied our attention to some extent while treating of the " decay of virility" and " the causes which hasten its decline." We again refer to it in this connection in order to emphasize the dangers to the nervous and vital forces of the aged from the slightest approach to excess. That prominent French surgeon, Dr. Parise, in pointing out these perils, utters the following words of warning : " One grand purpose pervades the creation, to live and to impart life. This last function ought to be considered the most important. If men will conform to the laws of nature - laws which, moreover, are immutable and eternal - they must submit themselves to conditions of existence and of organization, and learn how to limit their desires within the spheres of their real wants. If they will do so, wisdom and health will bloom of themselves, and Abide without effort; but all this is too often forgotten when the functions of generation are in question. This sublime gift of transmitting life - fatal prerogative which man continually forfeits - at once the mainstay of morality, by means of family ties, and the powerful cause of depravity, the energetic spring of life and health, the ceaseless source of disease and infirmity, this faculty involves almost all that man can attain of earthly happiness or misfortune, of earthly pleasure or of pain; and the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the symbol of it, as true as it is expressive. Thus, even love by its excesses hastens and abets the inevitable doom for which, in the first instance by the aid of passion, it had provided the victims. The greater part of mankind, however, show excessive feebleness in withstanding the abuse of the generative functions; and what surprises us most is, that those advanced in life are not always the least exposed to this reproach. It is certain that in old age, at a time when the passions have given way to reason, there are still many individuals who allow themselves to stray imprudently to the very precipitous edge of these dangerous enjoyments. They applaud themselves for postponing moderation till it is rather forced than voluntary; till they stop from sheer want of vigor. What heroic wisdom ! Nature, pitiless as she is, will cause them most certainly to pay dearly for the transgression of her laws; and the steady accumulation of diseases soon gives demonstrative proof of it. This result is the more certain and prompt, inasmuch as in these cases excesses are almost always of old standing. The libertine in years has usually been dissolute in youth and manhood, so that we may trace the progress and calculate the extent of his organic deterioration."