What Young People Should Know: The Reproductive Function in Man and the Lower Animals

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Estes & Lauriat, 1875 - Reproduction - 212 pages
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Page 189 - A Treatise on Human Physiology : designed for the use of Students and Practitioners of Medicine.
Page 142 - Among the first lessons which boys learn of their fellows are impurities of language; and these are soon followed by impurities of thought . . . When this is the training of boyhood, it is not strange that the predominating ideas among young men, in relation to the other sex, are too often those of impurity and sensuality . . . We cannot be surprised, then, that the history of most young men is, that they yield to temptation in a greater or less degree and in different ways. With many, no doubt,...
Page 66 - In addition to the force thus exerted, a number of pounds, say from five to ten, are bound around the contracted waist, and held up by the hips and the abdominal walls, which are rendered protuberant by the compression alluded to. The uterus is exposed to this downward pressure for fourteen hours out of every twenty-four ; at stated intervals being still further pressed upon by a distended stomach. In estimating the effects of direct pressure upon the position of the uterus, its extreme mobility...
Page 66 - For the proper performance of the function of respiration, an entire freedom of action should be given to the chest, and more especially is this needed at the base of the thorax, opposite the attachment of the important respiratory muscle, the diaphragm. The habit of constricting the body at the waist by tight clothing confines this part as if by splints.
Page 67 - No one will charge me with drawing upon my imagination, even in the remotest degree, for the details of the following picture; for a little reflection will assure all of its correctness. A lady, who has habitually dressed as already described, prepares for a ball by increasing all the evil influences which result from pressure. Although she may be menstruating, she dances until a late hour of the night, or rather an early hour of the morning. She then eats a hearty supper, passes out into the inclement...
Page 193 - THE PHYSIOLOGY OF MAN. Designed to represent the Existing State of Physiological Science as applied to the Functions of the Human Body.
Page 66 - The dress adopted by the women of our times may be very graceful and becoming, it may possess the great advantages of developing the beauties of the figure and concealing its defects, but it certainly is conducive to the development of uterine diseases, and proves not merely a predisposing, but an exciting cause of them.
Page 150 - ... his mind, let him fly to the same resource, or else to the intellectual company of friends, till he feels secure of no return on the enemy's part. Lastly, I would fain add, let the sufferer from sexual causes make his affliction the subject of most earnest prayer, at any and all times, to that Ear where no supplication is made in vain. Thus armed, he may keep his assailant at bay, though I fear conquest is impossible, and the struggle a most severe one. Sound old Jeremy Taylor, after discoursing...
Page 123 - ... have not descended. At the seventh month, the foetus is from fourteen to fifteen inches long, and weighs from two to three pounds. The hairs are longer and darker ; the pupillary membrane disappears, undergoing atrophy from the centre to the periphery ; the relative quantity of the amniotic fluid is diminished, and the foetus is not so free in the cavity of the uterus ; the foetus is now viable. At the eighth month, the foetus is from fifteen to sixteen inches long, and weighs from three to four...
Page 157 - It is a delicate subject which the present treatise embraces, but it is one which cannot be unknown. When we are little boys and girls, our first queries about our whence are answered by the authoritative dogma of "the silver spade:" we were dug up with that implement. By degrees the fact comes forth. The public however remains for ages in the silver-spade condition of mind with regard to the science of the fact ; and the doctors foster it by telling us that the whole subject is a medical property....

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