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CHAPTER-18-19
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CHAPTER-32
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CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

either from a kiss, or from using a sponge or a towel which has been 

used by an infected person, etc. While the gonorrheal germ is 

generally transmitted directly, the syphilitic poison may be 

transmitted through various objects. Syphilis contracted not during 

intercourse, but in an innocent manner, from a kiss, a towel, a 

toothbrush, a razor, etc., is called syphilis of the innocent, or 

syphilis insontium. In former years doctors would not very rarely 

contract syphilis from examining syphilitic women with their bare 

fingers. Now since gloves have come into use for examining purposes, 

the number of infections has considerably diminished. And no doubt 

that as the people become more familiar with the danger of venereal 

infection from non-venereal sources, the number of innocent infections 

will greatly diminish. The dangerous roller towel and the no less 

dangerous common drinking cup are being gradually eliminated as 

factors of _non-venereal_ infection; and we may confidently expect 

that in a decade or two the amount of venereal disease from _venereal_ 

infection will be greatly lessened in all civilized countries. The 

general increase in cleanliness in all strata of society and the 

universal use of antiseptics after suspicious sexual relations will 

constitute the chief factors in this diminution of venereal disease. 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[7] Illicit--illegal, non-permissible, outside of marriage. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO 

 

THE EXTENT OF VENEREAL DISEASE 

 

Former Ban on Discussion of Venereal Disease and Its Evil 

Results--Present Reprehensible Exaggerations of Extent of 

Venereal Disease--Erroneous and Ridiculous Statements of 

"Reformers"--Senseless Fear of Marriage in Girls Due to Lurid 

Exaggerations--Study by Woman Psychologist Reveals Harmful 

Results of Exaggerated Statements--Truth in Regard to Percentage 

of Men Afflicted with Venereal Disease. 

 

 

=Former Silence.= Only a very few years ago respectable women, by 

which I mean all women outside of the women called "fallen," did not 

know of the existence of venereal disease. It was considered a 

prohibited, disgraceful subject, not to be mentioned or even hinted at 

in conversation, in books or magazines, in lectures, or on the stage. 

When I say that they did not know of the _existence_ of such a thing 

as venereal disease, that the very words gonorrhea and syphilis were 

unknown to them, I use these expressions not as figures of speech, but 

in their literal meaning. All avenues of acquiring such knowledge 

being closed to them--lay people don't usually now and they surely 

didn't then purchase and read strictly medical works--where could they 

obtain the information? The result was that when a woman was so 

unfortunate as to contract a venereal disease from her husband, she 


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