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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...the propensity to onanism. If any books are to be allowed to persons addicted to this vice, they should be works on natural philosophy or natural history, which excite the curiosity, and may tend to incline the individual to turn his attention to experimental research, or to botanical excursions, which will thus afford him an exercise equally agreeable to the mind, and conducive to bodily health. The great rule to be observed in the cases now before us is never to allow the patient to be idle. There is no instance where the adage that "idleness is the mother of mischief" will be found more strongly verified than in the case of those addicted to onanism. It matters little what occupation the person may select; all that is necessary is, that he should work, and that a disposition to sleep soundly should thus be induced at night, which may have the effect of diverting his attention from his former depraved habits. With respect to those persons who, for want of education, are left as it were defenceless against the depraved habit of masturbation, it is extremely difficult to devise an effectual mode of treating them, more especially when their propensities to masturbation are very strong, and the habit of long standing, and has taken deep root. In such cases moral exhortations are found to be of little avail; the only means from which we can expect to derive any benefit are strict regimen, excessive exercise, and laborious employment; these may divert the mind from the objects which habitually engross its attention: it must be confessed, however, that those means prove too often ineffectual, and the evil, in spite of all our care, continues to make rapid progress. In those cases where the force of temperament, or that of habit, ...
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  • Paperback | 46 pages
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  • English
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