This section is from the book "The Transmission Of Life. Counsels On The Nature And Hygiene Of The Masculine Function", by George H. Napheys. Also available from Amazon: The Transmission of Life.
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 economy.
How close this is in the female sex is now generally acknowledged, at least by physicians. But even they are apt to overlook the nearness of the genetic power in man to all his other faculties. There is no one function which, if disturbed, leads so rapidly and certainly to general ill-feeling. The mind is sure to brood over it, and depressing melancholy, unfitness for action, and hypochondria will result.
Dyspeptic and nervous diseases without number, general debility, and many forms of insanity are more or less directly developed from some disorder of the reproductive power Many an obscure complaint, which has led the sufferer from doctor to doctor, and cost him quantities of time, trouble, and money, without any benefit, takes its origin in some mis-munajrement here, of which, perhaps, in his ignorance of thoughtlessness, he is quite unconcerned.
Among many physicians, an unnecessary fear prevails lest they should offend by suggesting such a cause of disease, or a dread lest they should be thought unduly inquisitive, or a doubt fostered by some few prominent and prejudiced writers, as to whether bad effects really do come from an abuse of the sexual powers.
We can but repeat that every medical man who has given close study to the subject is perfectly convinced that there is a vast body of anguish, mental and bodily, from this source.
[Authors and Works referred to. - To avoid the nuisance of constant references, we append here a list of the principal authorities quoted: On the distinctions of sex, Waldeyer, Eierstock und Ei, p. 152; Fonssagrives, L' Education Physique des Jennes Filles, Chap. I. (Quetelet' s statistics); Van Buren, New York Medical Gazette, 1869; Bichat, La Vie et la Mort, p. 3. On puberty: British Midical Journal, Aug. 1S68; William Acton, Function and Disorders of the Reproductive Organs, passim ; Journal of Psychological Medicine, Nos. I. and VI. (aberrations of sexual passion); Wiener Medicinische Wocheuschrift, Jnn. 1869 (review of Der Urning). On Virility : Journal d' Anatomic et Physiologie, No. VI. (Prof. Mantegazza' s experiments on sperm); Hufeland, Art of Prolonging Life, pp. 94, 104; Flourens, La Longevite Humaine ; Reveille-Parise, De la Viei/lessc; Debay, Hygiene et Physiologie de la Mariage, pp. 98, 445, 345 (formu-liiire aphrodisiaque), Becquerel, Traite d' Hygiene pricee et pub-licfiie, pp. 34, 54, 576; Albert Muller, Ueber Unuillkurliche Somenrerluste, passim; Rabelais, La Vie de Gargantna. Lir. III. Cap. XXX.; Dr. Pidduck, On the Use of Tobacco ; Dr. MrDougall. Notes to Lallemand; the physiological text-books of Carpenter, Lralton, Marshall, Flint, etc.]