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PREFACE
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.1
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.2
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.3
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.4
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.4
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.6
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.7
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.8
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.9
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.10
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.11
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.4
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.1
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.2
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.3
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.1
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.2
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.3
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.5
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.6
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.1
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.2
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.3
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.4
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.5
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.6
PROSTITUTION-7.1
PROSTITUTION-7.2
PROSTITUTION-7.3
PROSTITUTION-7.4
PROSTITUTION-7.5
PROSTITUTION-7.6
PROSTITUTION-7.7
PROSTITUTION-7.8
PROSTITUTION-7.9
PROSTITUTION-7.10
PROSTITUTION-7.11
PROSTITUTION-7.12
PROSTITUTION-7.13
PROSTITUTION-7.14
PROSTITUTION-7.15
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2

she married again. Within a very few weeks all symptoms had 

disappeared, and she was entirely fresh and well. 

 

Numerous distinguished gynaecologists have recorded their belief 

that sexual excitement is a remedy for various disorders of the 

sexual system in women, and that abstinence is a cause of such 

disorders. Matthews Duncan said that sexual excitement is the 

only remedy for amenorrhoea; "the only emmenagogue medicine that 

I know of," he wrote (_Medical Times_, Feb. 2, 1884), "is not to 

be found in the Pharmacopoeia: it is erotic excitement. Of the 

value of erotic excitement there is no doubt." Anstie, in his 

work on _Neuralgia_, refers to the beneficial effect of sexual 

intercourse on dysmenorrhoea, remarking that the necessity of the 

full natural exercise of the sexual function is shown by the 

great improvement in such cases after marriage, and especially 

after childbirth. (It may be remarked that not all authorities 

find dysmenorrhoea benefited by marriage, and some consider that 

the disease is often thereby aggravated; see, e.g., Wythe Cook, 

_American Journal Obstetrics_, Dec., 1893.) The distinguished 

gynaecologist, Tilt, at a somewhat earlier date (_On Uterine and 

Ovarian Inflammation_, 1862, p. 309), insisted on the evil 

results of sexual abstinence in producing ovarian irritation, and 

perhaps subacute ovaritis, remarking that this was specially 

pronounced in young widows, and in prostitutes placed in 

penitentiaries. Intense desire, he pointed out, determines 

organic movements resembling those required for the gratification 

of the desire. These burning desires, which can only be quenched 

by their legitimate satisfaction, are still further heightened by 

the erotic influence of thoughts, books, pictures, music, which 

are often even more sexually stimulating than social intercourse 

with men, but the excitement thus produced is not relieved by 

that natural collapse which should follow a state of vital 

turgescence. After referring to the biological facts which show 

the effect of psychic influences on the formative powers of the 

ovario-uterine organs in animals, Tilt continues: "I may fairly 

infer that similar incitements on the mind of females may have a 

stimulating effect on the organs of ovulation. I have frequently 

known menstruation to be irregular, profuse, or abnormal in type 

during courtship in women in whom nothing similar had previously 

occurred, and that this protracted the treatment of chronic 

ovaritis and of uterine inflammation." Bonnifield, of Cincinnati 

(_Medical Standard_, Dec., 1896), considers that unsatisfied 

sexual desire is an important cause of catarrhal endometritis. It 

is well known that uterine fibroids bear a definite relation to 

organic sexual activity, and that sexual abstinence, more 

especially the long-continued deprivation of pregnancy, is a very 

important cause of the disease. This is well shown by an analysis 

by A.E. Giles (_Lancet_, March 2, 1907) of one hundred and fifty 

cases. As many as fifty-six of these cases, more than a third, 

were unmarried women, though nearly all were over thirty years of 

age. Of the ninety-four married women, thirty-four had never been 

pregnant; of those who had been pregnant, thirty-six had not been 

so for at least ten years. Thus eighty-four per cent, had either 

not been pregnant at all, or had had no pregnancy for at least 

ten years. It is, therefore, evident that deprivation of sexual 

function, whether or not involving abstinence from sexual 


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