The Origin of Life and Process of Reproduction in Plants and Animals: With the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Generative System, Male and Female, and the Causes, Prevention and Cure of the Special Diseases to which it is Liable ; a Plain, Practical Treatise, for Popular Use

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D. McKay, 1878 - Generative organs - 932 pages


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Page 725 - Not one great country can be named, from the Polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves.
Page 159 - A branch of the spermatic artery is sent from the abdomen down to each testis, in which it divides and subdivides into thousands of little branches, many of which are too small to be seen by the naked eye. It is this artery that brings to the testes the pure blood from which, probably, the semen is formed. The extreme ends of the minute arterial branches are apparently continuous with the commencements of the seminal tubes, so that in examining them we gradually lose sight of the blood and begin...
Page 305 - If a sudden and powerful emotion of her own mind exerts such an influence upon her stomach as to excite immediate vomiting, and upon her heart as almost to arrest its motion and induce fainting, can we believe that it will have no effect on her womb and the fragile being contained within it?
Page 725 - They attach great importance to certain forms of the body ; and a mother would be accused of culpable indifference toward her children, if she did not employ artificial means to shape the calf of the leg after the fashion of the country.
Page 83 - It is not probable that there is any real difference in the nature of the molecular forces which compel the carbonate of lime to assume and retain the crystalline form, and those which cause the albuminoid matter to move and grow, select and form, and maintain its particles in a state of incessant motion. The property of crystallising, is to crystallisible matter, what the vital property is to albuminoid matter (protoplasm).
Page 467 - A gentleman of considerable position was found by his wife to have the curious trick, when he lay fast asleep on his back in bed, of raising his right arm slowly in front of his face, up to his forehead, and then dropping it with a jerk, so that the wrist fell heavily on the bridge of his nose. The trick did not occur every night, but occasionally, and was independent of any ascertained cause. Sometimes it was repeated incessantly for an hour or more.
Page 83 - Beast and fowl, reptile and fish, mollusk, worm, and polype, are all composed of structural units of the same character — namely, masses of protoplasm with a nucleus.
Page 573 - The sons or daughters who dutifully, conscientiously, and religiously confess themselves to father, mother, or priest, on even- other subject, never allude to this. Nay, they strive to cheat and deceive by false appearances ; for — as against this darling sin — duty, conscience, and religion, are all nothing. They even think to cheat God, or cheat themselves into the belief that He who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity can still regard their sin with favor.
Page 745 - He also affirms that the Spartan system threw a great deal of land into the hands of the women, so that they possessed two-fifths of it ; and finally he accuses the Spartan women of ruling their husbands. Warlike men, he thinks, are apt to be passionately fond of the society of women. "And what difference," he says,* "does it make whether the women rule or the rulers are ruled by the women ? for the result is the same.
Page 573 - ... considered young gentlemen and ladies, but who are now moping idiots — idiots of the lowest kind — lost to all reason, to all moral sense, to all shame — idiots who have but one thought, one wish, one passion, and that is the further indulgence in the habit which has loosed the silver cord even in their early youth, which has already wasted, and as it were dissolved, the fibrous part of their bodies, and utterly extinguished their minds.

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