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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
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It is only within recent years that medical men have recognized the 

preponderant part played by acquired or inherited syphilis in producing 

general paralysis, which so largely helps to fill lunatic asylums, and 

tabes dorsalis which is the most important disease of the spinal cord. 

Even to-day it can scarcely be said that there is complete agreement as 

to the supreme importance of the factor of syphilis in these diseases. 

There can, however, be little doubt that in about ninety-five per cent. at 

least of cases of general paralysis syphilis is present.[228] 

 

Syphilis is not indeed by itself an adequate cause of general paralysis 

for among many savage peoples syphilis is very common while general 

paralysis is very rare. It is, as Krafft-Ebing was accustomed to say, 

syphilization and civilization working together which produce general 

paralysis, perhaps in many cases, there is reason for thinking, on a 

nervous soil that is hereditarily degenerated to some extent; this is 

shown by the abnormal prevalence of congenital stigmata of degeneration 

found in general paralytics by Naecke and others. "Paralyticus nascitur 

atque fit," according to the dictum of Obersteiner. Once undermined by 

syphilis, the deteriorated brain is unable to resist the jars and strains 

of civilized life, and the result is general paralysis, truly described as 

"one of the most terrible scourges of modern times." In 1902 the 

Psychological Section of the British Medical Association, embodying the 

most competent English authority on this question, unanimously passed a 

resolution recommending that the attention of the Legislature and other 

public bodies should be called to the necessity for immediate action in 

view of the fact that "general paralysis, a very grave and frequent form 

of brain disease, together with other varieties of insanity, is largely 

due to syphilis, and is therefore preventable." Yet not a single step has 

yet been taken in this direction. 

 

The dangers of syphilis lie not alone in its potency and its persistence 

but also in its prevalence. It is difficult to state the exact incidence 

of syphilis, but a great many partial investigations have been made in 

various countries, and it would appear that from five to twenty per cent. 

of the population in European countries is syphilitic, while about fifteen 

per cent. of the syphilitic cases die from causes directly or indirectly 

due to the disease.[229] In France generally, Fournier estimates that 

seventeen per cent. of the whole population have had syphilis, and at 

Toulouse, Audry considers that eighteen per cent. of all his patients are 

syphilitic. In Copenhagen, where notification is obligatory, over four per 

cent. of the population are said to be syphilitic. In America a committee 

of the Medical Society of New York, appointed to investigate the question, 

reported as the result of exhaustive inquiry that in the city of New York 

not less than a quarter of a million of cases of venereal disease occurred 

every year, and a leading New York dermatologist has stated that among the 

better class families he knows intimately at least one-third of the sons 

have had syphilis. In Germany eight hundred thousand cases of venereal 

disease are by one authority estimated to occur yearly, and in the larger 

universities twenty-five per cent. of the students are infected every 

term, venereal disease being, however, specially common among students. 

The yearly number of men invalided in the German army by venereal diseases 

equals a third of the total number wounded in the Franco-Prussian war. Yet 

the German army stands fairly high as regards freedom from venereal 

disease when compared with the British army which is more syphilized than 


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