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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

to blame, but simply that _the same conditions_ that produced gout in 

the ancestors likewise produced it in their descendants. 

 

We know now that gout is caused by excessive eating, excessive 

drinking, lack of exercise, and faulty elimination. And, since, as a 

general thing, children lead the same lives that their fathers did, 

they are likely to develop the same diseases as their fathers did. A 

poor man who leads an abstemious life doesn't develop gout, and if his 

children lead the same abstemious lives they do not develop gout. 

(There are some cases of gout among the poor, but they are very rare.) 

But if they should begin to gorge and live an improper life they would 

be prone to develop the disease. 

 

The disease, therefore, cannot in any way be considered hereditary. In 

matrimony, gout in either of the couple is not a desirable quality, 

but it is not a bar to marriage; and, if the candidate individually is 

healthy and free from gout, the fact that there was gout in the 

ancestry should play no role. 

 

 

=Mumps= 

 

Mumps is the common name for what is technically called parotitis (or 

parotiditis). Parotitis is an inflammation of the parotid glands. The 

parotid glands are situated, one on each side, immediately in front 

and below the external ear, and they are between one-half and one 

ounce in weight. They belong to the salivary glands; that is, they 

manufacture saliva, and each parotid gland has a duct through which it 

pours the saliva into the mouth. These ducts open opposite the second 

upper molar teeth. 

 

We might be surprised to be told that these parotid glands can have 

anything to do with the sex organs, but there is no other remote organ 

that has such a close and rather mysterious relationship with the 

sex-glands as have the parotids. When the parotid glands, either one 

or both, are inflamed, the testicles or ovaries are also liable to be 

attacked by inflammation. The inflammation of the testicles may be so 

severe as to cause them to shrivel and dry up; or, even when no 

shrivelling, no atrophy of the testicles occurs, they may be so 

affected as to become incapable of producing spermatozoa. Moreover, in 

cases where the testicles of a mumps patient seemingly were not 

attacked--that is, where the patient was not aware of any 

inflammation, having no pain and no other symptoms--the testicles may 

have become incapable of generating spermatozoa. 

 

Besides the testicles, the prostate gland, the secretion of which is 

necessary to the fertility of the spermatozoa, may also become 

affected and _atrophied_. 

 

It is, therefore, a very common thing for men who had the mumps in 

their childhood to be found sterile. 

 

As to the sexual power of mumps patients, that differs. Some patients 

lose their virility entirely; others remain potent, but become 


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