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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

There is really no end to the list of real or supposed symptoms and 

results of masturbation, as given by various medical writers during the 

last century. Insanity, epilepsy, numerous forms of eye disease, 

supra-orbital headache, occipital headache (Spitzka), strange sensations 

at the top of the head (Savage), various forms of neuralgia (Anstie, J. 

Chapman), tenderness of the skin in the lower dorsal region (Chapman), 

mammary tenderness in young girls (Lacassagne), mammary hypertrophy 

(Ossendovsky), asthma (Peyer), cardiac murmurs (Seerley), the appearance 

of vesicles on wounds (Baraduc), acne and other forms of cutaneous 

eruptions (the author of _Onania_, Clipson), dilated pupils (Skene, 

Lewis, Moraglia), eyes directed upward and sideways (Pouillet), dark rings 

around the eyes, intermittent functional deafness (Bonnier), painful 

menstruation (J. Chapman), catarrh of uterus and vagina (Winckel, 

Pouillet), ovarian disease (Jessett), pale and discolored skin (Lewis, 

Moraglia), redness of nose (Gruner), epistaxis (Joal, J.N. Mackenzie), 

morbid changes in nose (Fliess), convulsive cough of puberty (Gowers), 

acidity of vagina (R.W. Shufeldt), incontinence of urine in young women 

(Girandeau), warts on the hands in women (Durr, Kreichmar, von Oye), 

hallucinations of smell and hearing, (Griesinger, Lewis), intermittent 

functional deafness (Bonnier), indican in the urine (Herter), an 

indescribable odor of the skin in women (Skene), these are but a few of 

the signs and consequences of masturbation given by various prominent 

authorities.[317] 

 

That many of these manifestations do occur in connection with masturbation 

is unquestionable; there is also good reason to believe that some of them 

may be the results of masturbation acting on an imperfectly healthy 

organism. But in all such cases we must speak with great caution, for 

there appears to be little reliable evidence to show that simple 

masturbation, in a well-born and healthy individual, can produce any evil 

results beyond slight functional disturbances, and these only when it is 

practiced in excess. To illustrate the real pathological relationships of 

masturbation, a few typical and important disorders may be briefly 

considered. 

The delicate mechanism of the eye is one of the first portions of the 

nervous apparatus to be disturbed by any undue strain on the system; it is 

not surprising that masturbation should be widely incriminated as a cause 

of eye troubles. If, however, we inquire into the results obtained by the 

most cautious and experienced ophthalmological observers, it grows evident 

that masturbation, as a cause of disease of the eye, becomes merged into 

wider causes. In Germany, Hermann Cohn, the distinguished ophthalmic 

surgeon of Breslau, has dealt fully with the question.[318] Cohn, who 

believes that all young men and women masturbate to some extent, finds 

that masturbation must be excessive for eye trouble to become apparent. In 

most of his cases there was masturbation several times daily during from 

five to seven years, in many during ten years, and in one during 

twenty-three years. In such cases we are obviously dealing with abnormal 

persons, and no one will dispute the possibility of harmful results; in 

some of the cases, when masturbation was stopped, the eye trouble 

improved. Even in these cases, however, the troubles were but slight, the 

chief being, apparently, photopsia (a subjective sensation of light) with 

otherwise normal conditions of pupil, vision, color-sense, and retina. In 


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