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 treatment which, if persistently and intelligently carried out, is productive of good results.

Except in those cases where there is an organic change in the parts, or where it is the result of advanced age, there is every hope that the power can be restored. The weakness is a nervous weakness; it depends upon a want of strength in the nervous system; and by having this clearly in mind we may accomplish much.

It is well known that marriage often has an excellent influence on the slighter affections of this nature. As Prof. Lallemand says, "the regular and legitimate employment of the functions will alone give all the energy of which they are susceptible, and to this general law the function of reproduction forms no exception."

Yet it is necessary to make the distinction here that whenever it is not nervous debility, but local irritation or inflammation which has brought on loss of power, no recommendation could be more injudicious than this of marriage. The excitement will most certainly severely aggravate the trouble.

Another consideration is, that while it is permissible to marry in most cases of debility or temporary impotence, such a course cannot be recommended out of consideration for the young wife and future offspring.

Who has a right to ask a happy and charming young girl to forsake home and friends in order to rescue a lascivious young man from the penalties of his own turpitudes ? Who, being a father, would tolerate such a proposition a moment if it concerned his own daughter ?

Then the act of procreation is physically the most exalted one of life. Its demands on the nervous force are greater, and it requires the expenditure of more of the vital power. When this is the evident plan of nature, what offspring can we reasonably expect from flagging and exhausted func-tions ?

While, therefore, marriage as a hygienic measure is desir-able, it should be preceded or accompanied by treatment of a more direct kind, specially directed to restore the nervous force. This can be successfully done by various agents.

One of the best is electricity, of which we have already spoken. It does not suit where there is irritation or inflammation, but for debility, pure and simple, there is hardly any more satisfactory therapeutic means. After the patient has once been taught by a skilful practitioner the particular method of application which suits his individual case, he can apply it himself. Good batteries can now readily be obtained at a reasonable price.

Next in value is phosphorus. This agent, so dangerous if carelessly or ignorantly employed, is of the greatest service when wisely used. It is precisely the element which the nervous system expends, and therefore that which it requires to invigorate it. When there is a feeling of exhaustion after the act, or incomplete preparation for it, or when debility unattended with inflammation is present in any of its forms, we find it of the highest value.

It may be administered in various preparations, but there is only one which it would be suitable or safe for the nonmedical reader to attempt. As we have remarked on a previous page, death has in various instances resulted from its injudicious employment. The one we shall mention is " phosphoric acid lemonade." The formula is

Dilute phosphoric acid, fifteen drops ;

Syrup of ginger, a tablespoonful;

Water, a tumblerful.

This makes an agreeable beverage, and may be taken three times a day, but not oftener; nor should the amount of the dilute acid be increased.

The other powerful excitants of the nervous system which are prescribed in such cases are all so dangerous if incautiously used that we shall not mention them. They form part of the physician's reserves, and can only be taken when the patient can be closely watched to prevent any injurious effects.

[Authors and Works quoted on the above Topics. - Bou. vier, Dictionary of Legal Terms; sub voce, Marriage and Impo. tence; Reich- Naturgeschichte des Ehelichen Lebens, pp 92, 95 Acton, On the Reproductive Organs, p. 109 ; Dr. Horton, Medica, and Surgical Reporter, Aug. 1869, and Feb. 1870. On Virginity Tardieu, Les Attentats aux meurs ; Marriage Rites of all Nations, New York, 1869, chap. III.; Professor Lallemand, On Spermator-rhaa; Dr. S. Durkee, On Gonorrhoea and Syphilis; Alfred Maury, La Magie et l'Astrologie au Moyen Age, On the nouements d' aiguillettas ; Montaigne, Essais, Liv. I. chap. xx.; Herodotus, Bk. II. ; M- Liegeois, Half-yearly Compendium of Medical Science, Part IV: Sect. II. ; Dr. Dancel, Traite de l'obesite, chap. iv. ; Dr. Marion Sims, On Sterility in Man, in the N. Y. Med. Jour., 1869; Dr. Girawit, Etude sur la Generation artificielle dans l'espece humaine. Paris, 1869, and Medical and Surgical Reporter, June, 1870 ; Dr. Julius Althaus, Treatise on Medical Electricity, pp. 620-625, second edition, 1870.]