We sum up in one sentence all the highly-seasoned articles, and too exclusively animal diet, which we spoke of in the last section. The system should neither be enfeebled by insufficient or innutritious food, nor should it be stimulated by artificial means. No other excitants than the natural impulses must be summoned, under penalty of a premature decadence of force. It is obvious, therefore, that any kind of aliment which causes dyspeptic troubles, or brings on constipation or diarrhoea, or irritates the stomach or bowels should be avoided.

In this category we distinctly include most alcoholic beverages. Even the ancients recognized the debilitating effects of intoxicating compounds on the reproductive functions. "'Venus drowned in Bacchus" was one of their proverbial expressions; and who is not familiar with the philosophical disquisition on drinking and lechery, which the porter in Macbeth reads to Macduff:-

"Lechery, sir, drinking provokes and unprovokes: it provokes the desire but it takes away the performance; it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and it disheartens him;" etc {Macbeth, Act. II. Scene III.)

"When in Rabelais' romance, Panurge applies to the learned doctor Rondibilis for some means to conquer his passions, the first resource which the erudite counsellor suggests is wine, Par le vin. "Because," he goes on to explain, " through intemperance in wine the constitution is chilled, the nervous force is weakened, the male secretion is dissipated, the senses are dulled, the movements are irregular, all of which interfere with the powers of reproduction." Though these are perhaps not authorities acknowledged by the faculty, they are the reports of shrewd observers, and are borne out by daily experience. Drunkards and tipplers suffer early of virility, and this is another argument - if any other is needed - in favor of the temperance movement.

To the arguments of Rondibilis - which are just as sound now as when Rabelais, himself a famous physician, wrote them three hundred years ago - we may add that modern experiments have proven that distilled spirits very frequently cause a slight inflammation of the stomach and that malt liquors, being prepared in part from an infusion of hops, contain a certain proportion of the principle "lupulin" contained in that plant, which has a specific enervating effect on the masculine functions.

Coffee in moderation has rather a tonic than an enervating effect; but in excess, it is distinctly proven by repeated in-stances that it quite prostrates the sexual faculties. Pro-fessor Lallemand relates an instance of a young man of thirty, who was appointed professor in a college. In order to qualify himself for his post he studied with great diligence, supporting his powers on eight or ten cups of coffee daily. After a few weeks he was seized with an irritable condition of the bladder, and not long afterwards with entire impotence. Lallemand, to whom he applied, at once stopped the coffee, to which he attributed the whole trouble, and under appropriate treatment the patient recovered. Dr. Albert Muller in a recently published work mentions that in his own experience he has witnessed several most striking instances of a similar character, and lays down the following rule as the result of his studies on this point: "Through a moderate use of coffee, virility can be strengthened; but through a long and excessive use of it, virility may become diminished, and indeed wholly destroyed." This we can accept as a correct statement of the most recent views of physiologists. Dr. McDougall, of London, says that several of his patients afflicted with spermatorrhoea and generative debility, discovered that tea and coffee always proved hurtful to them.

It may surprise some to have us class tobacco among the foods, but we do it in accordance with the prevailing opinions of scientific men that it acts as a supplemental or accessory food, hindering destruction though not assisting in reparation.

Its effects on the system have been much mooted ever since it came into general use in civilized countries, and they are not yet very clearly made out. But we do know that on the whole and in most cases they are injurious, leading surely sooner or later to chronic nervous and digestive disorders. Physicians who nave had the opportunity of watching operatives in tobacco-ractories, have reported that the males frequently suffer from sexual debility, and Lallemand, whom we have already quoted, relates examples where serious disorders and loss of functional vigor were consequent on its too free use. "We might naturally expect this to be the case, for the herb is a powerful narcotic, and no narcotic can be indulged for a length of time without depressing the system. The medical attendants of public schools have observed that in youth the use of tobacco predisposes to frequent nocturnal emissions, produced doubtless rather by relaxation than excitement, and there is no question but that the same effect is apparent though in a less degree in the adult. Sound hygiene, therefore, banishes tobacco from the pleasures permitted those who would retain their virility, or confines them to an indulgence in it even short of moderation.