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.
"This book is intended to meet a want which, during the last year, has been urgently expressed by several medical and literary journals in this country and England, namely, to place before the public, in popular yet irreproachable language, what information regarding the hygiene, nature, uses, and abuses of the procreative function in the male, is necessary to protect the individual from the evil consequences of his own folly or ignorance. It will readily be conceived that to discuss such topics clearly, positively, and with benefit to the lay reader, requires no ordinary tact; and we must say that the author has succeeded beyond all our expectations. No one can possibly be harmed by perusing his pages, and none but will be instructed and benefited.
"The work is characterized throughout by sound scientific views, and indicates extensive and careful reading."
Philadelphia, March 15, 1871. "We feared on taking up this work to find it another of those productions of which there have been enough, either too technical to be intelligible to the general reader, or filled with vague platitudes. Such, however, is far from being the case. It treats in popular and forcible language the medical aspects of some of the most flagrant vices of modern life, born of ignorance of physiological laws. As a work on the preservation of individual health by the special prevention of those disorders peculiar to the male sex, it is filled with most valuable suggestions. Many eminent educators testify to its usefulness and elevated moral tone. Those who are acquainted with the author's 'Physical Life of Woman' will find this new book fully equal to that very popular and extraordinarily successful work, to which it may be said to form a sequel, being addressed to the other sex. "We are glad to see that able physicians are coming forward to give to the public information on subjects of such interest to every reading man.
"The appearance of this work, by a physician and writer so well and favorably known as Dr. Napheys, and indorsed by eminent members of the regular profession, educators, and divines, is a sign of the decadence of the exclusive reign of quackery in an important branch of personal hygiene."
"'The Transmission of Life' treats of an important and difficult subject with perfect delicacy of thought and expression, and its counsels are eminently sound and judicious. It is, we believe, calculated to do great good."
Hartford, March 15, 1871.
"Dr. Napheys, author of 'The Physical Life of Woman,' has written a book on ' the nature and hygiene of the masculine function.' It is a delicate topic, but one upon which information, properly communicated, is immensely needed by multitudes. Dr. Napheys has treated it with excellent discretion, and his book comes highly recommended by some of the best and wisest men among us. Its perusal may save thousand of persons from untold evils."
New Haven, Conn., April 8, 1871. " The author of ' The Physical Life of Woman' has even surpassed that splendid treatise by the masterpiece before us. He was led to commence the work through the belief, formed after an extensive practice in a large city, that the present amount of suffering and misery would be greatly lessened if young men and those having the care of boys understood clearly the nature and hygiene of their sex. The papers of to-day are full of the advertisements of quack doctors and quack medicines, so worded as to excite the fears and gain the confidence of the hundreds of sufferers, who endure untold misery in secret rather than consult a physician by whom they are known. Once in the hands of these impostors, they may rest assured that they will not escape until their money or their lives are gone. The evils which result to one and all from the violation of the laws of this function, which are sometimes referred to by parents or teachers, but generally in a vague and blind manner, Dr. Napheys has endeavored to treat of in language which can be readily understood, and to which the most refined cannot object.
"This work ought to be in every one's library, in every family throughout the country. No young man should be without a copy of it. It has no equal."
"These are topics of vast importance, which are better suited for private reading than for public discussion on the platform, or in the columns of the newspaper. A knowledge of them, however, is essential to health and happiness. This knowledge a physician of our city, of high character and standing, has put within every one's reach. It is a book for all who are of age to understand it. Parents will find in it wise cautions, and men, young and old, may acquire from it precise knowledge of the physiology of the most important natural functions. In language, moral tone, and purpose, the book is unexceptionable."
Pittsburg and New York, May 13, 1871. "This eminently practical work supplies a want hitherto felt by the major part of the human family. Ignorance in regard to the care and use of the physical functions in man has resulted in untold sufferings, deranging and perverting the system. Formerly there was no alternative but to submit; now, with the aid of this excellent manual, every man of ordinary intelligence will know how to take care of himself; and the hygienic advice imparted in its pages, if put into practical use, will be of the greatest benefit to the race. It is a book that should be read. Every man and woman, too, will be the better for it."
Philadelphia, May 5, 1871. "The subject of this book is at once difficult, delicate, and dangerous; and Dr. Napheys has been singularly successful in treating it in a way to subserve the public health and public morals. It is both scientific and practical. Its style is clear and plain, but does not offend the most refined taste. The information it contains is of vital importance to all, but especially to young men, who too often obtain what information they have on the subject from the demoralizing and licentious publications of charlatans. The fearful and increasing prevalence of certain vices among the young, to which all physicians bear witness, requires that parents and teachers should possess the knowledge which Dr. Napheys' book imparts, and should conscientiously consider their duties in view of the perils which are therein revealed."
New York, May 27, 1871. " 'The Transmission of Life,' by Dr. George H. Napheys, is a thorough treatise on the most important physical function. It furnishes information on a subject on which correct information is much needed, which deeply concerns all men and women and their children."
Nashville, June 3, 1871. "The delicate and difficult subject is handled with great skill, prudence, and fidelity. The appalling prevalence of licentiousness in all its forms in our country shows that the question must no longer be allowed to rest. The reticence and fastidiousness which have characterized the pulpit, the press, the lecture-room, etc., must give way to earnest, well-directed efforts to stop the plague, which is sapping the foundations of society.
"We call earnestly upon parents, pastors, and teachers to watch over the youth committed to their care with the utmost vigilance, so as to save them from the first transgression - and in order to this, you would do well to procure this volume and give it a serious and careful perusal."
San Francisco, May 18, 1871. "This is a book for honest, God-fearing men and women. Its subject is one of the most important and sacred in the world, and is treated with the highest scientific and professional ability; and, what is more important, is written from a Christian stand-point. It is one of the good signs of the times that such matters are written upon by honest, able hands, and the field not abandoned to quacks. Every young married couple should possess and read it."