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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

 

It is important, however, to state that, in permitting or refusing 

syphilitic persons to marry, we are guided to a great extent by the 

fact as to whether they _expect to have children soon or not_. 

 

In the case of a couple who are anxious to have children soon after 

their marriage, the conditions for our permission must be more severe 

than when the couple are willing or anxious to use contraceptive 

measures for the first years of their married life. For, if a man is 

free from any skin lesions and from any mucous patches, his wife is 

safe from infection _as long as she does not become pregnant_. But, if 

she does get pregnant, she may become infected through the fetus; and, 

of course, the child also is liable to be syphilitic. Hence, much 

stricter requirements for syphilitics who expect to become parents are 

necessary than for those who do not. 

 

In case both the man and the woman are or have been syphilitic, 

permission to marry may be granted without hesitation, as the danger 

of infection is absent, but permission to have children must be 

refused _absolutely_ and _unequivocally_. Regardless of the time that 

may have elapsed from the period of infection, regardless of 

treatment, regardless of Wassermann tests, the danger to the child is 

too great if both parents have the syphilitic taint in them. A healthy 

child _may_ be born from two syphilitic parents who have undergone 

energetic treatment, but we have no right to take the chance. I, at 

least, never wanted to, nor ever will want to, take such a 

responsibility. 

 

=The Danger of Locomotor Ataxia or Paresis.= There is still one more 

point to consider in dealing with a syphilitic patient. In patients 

who did not receive energetic treatment from the very beginning of the 

disease as also in patients whose treatment was only desultory and 

irregular, we never can guarantee, in spite of lack of external 

symptoms, in spite of a negative Wassermann reaction, that some 

trouble may not develop later in life. 

 

What shall we do in such cases and what particularly shall we do if, 

from a general examination of the patient, we carry away the 

impression that, while free from the danger of infection, the man is 

not a good risk? Under these circumstances, we must refuse all 

personal responsibility, leaving the assumption of the responsibility 

to the prospective wife. 

 

Here is a case in point. About five years ago a man came to me for 

examination; he came with his fiancee. He had contracted syphilis ten 

years previously, received irregular treatment by mouth, off and on. 

For five years, he had had no symptoms of any kind. He _considered_ 

himself cured, but wanted to know, and his fiancee wanted to know, 

whether he really was cured. There were no symptoms of any kind and 


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