The catalogue of nervous disorders which depend upon disturbances of the generative functions is a somewhat long and a formidable one, but we do not wish the reader to carry away any false impressions of alarm.

Our task here is difficult. We well know that we shall fail of our purpose if, on the one hand, we create a terror which may lead to melancholy and despair; and also if we give the idea that, after all, these various disorders are transient, rare, and of slight importance.

They are, in fact, frequent; they may be serious; and they may become incurable by leading to organic changes in the nervous system. But they are also generally readily curable, even after they have long been troublesome. While this does not hold good for all of them, it does for most.

There is no reason for despair, but the strongest for reformation. Continued indulgence will certainly end in wrecking the constitution irretrievably; but nature is slow to yield thus far. To the last there is hope ; but from the first there is danger.

Let no young man, in the pride of his strength, flatter himself he can yield to dissipation with impunity. It may be that a single excess will ruin his bodily powers for life, and blight his every hope at the very outset of his career. Examples of this are not wanting, which may well give him pause, for who knows but their fate may be his.

The prospects for a complete restoration of the health are, in the large majority of instances, favorable, but only on one condition, the immediate and complete cessation of the wonted indulgence, whether this be solitary or sexual abuse. Without this imperative condition, we promise nothing.

Nor is this enough. The thought as well as the act must be put away. That is no reform which extends to the mis-deed only, while the thoughts and wishes are as evil as ever. In no department of morals is this more true than here. "He who looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart." And the evil consequences to his body as well as to his soul follow as surely in the one case as in the other.

If the sufferer will resolutely see to it that he is rigidly pure in heart, then we can conscientiously bid him take courage, for the victory will shortly be won.