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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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such diseases; they have got what they deserve and may well be left to 

perish. Those who take this attitude place themselves so far outside the 

pale of civilization--to say nothing of morality or religion--that they 

might well be disregarded. The progress of the race, the development of 

humanity, in fact and in feeling, has consisted in the elimination of an 

attitude which it is an insult to primitive peoples to term savage. Yet 

it is an attitude which should not be ignored for it still carries weight 

with many who are too weak to withstand those who juggle with fine moral 

phrases. I have even seen in a medical quarter the statement that venereal 

disease cannot be put on the same level with other infectious diseases 

because it is "the result of voluntary action." But all the diseases, 

indeed all the accidents and misfortunes of suffering human beings, are 

equally the involuntary results of voluntary actions. The man who is run 

over in crossing the street, the family poisoned by unwholesome food, the 

mother who catches the disease of the child she is nursing, all these 

suffer as the involuntary result of the voluntary act of gratifying some 

fundamental human instinct--the instinct of activity, the instinct of 

nutrition, the instinct of affection. The instinct of sex is as 

fundamental as any of these, and the involuntary evils which may follow 

the voluntary act of gratifying it stand on exactly the same level. This 

is the essential fact: a human being in following the human instincts 

implanted within him has stumbled and fallen. Any person who sees, not 

this essential fact but merely some subsidiary aspect of it, reveals a 

mind that is twisted and perverted; he has no claim to arrest our 

attention. 

 

But even if we were to adopt the standpoint of the would-be moralist, and 

to agree that everyone must be left to suffer his deserts, it is far 

indeed from being the fact that all those who contract venereal diseases 

are in any sense receiving their deserts. In a large number of cases the 

disease has been inflicted on them in the most absolutely involuntary 

manner. This is, of course, true in the case of the vast number of infants 

who are infected at conception or at birth. But it is also true in a 

scarcely less absolute manner of a large proportion of persons infected in 

later life. 

 

_Syphilis insontium_, or syphilis of the innocent, as it is commonly 

called, may be said to fall into five groups: (1) the vast army of 

congenitally syphilitic infants who inherit the disease from father or 

mother; (2) the constantly occurring cases of syphilis contracted, in the 

course of their professional duties, by doctors, midwives and wet-nurses; 

(3) infection as a result of affection, as in simple kissing; (4) 

accidental infection from casual contacts and from using in common the 

objects and utensils of daily life, such as cups, towels, razors, knives 

(as in ritual circumcision), etc; (5) the infection of wives by their 

husbands.[240] 

 

Hereditary congenital syphilis belongs to the ordinary pathology of the 

disease and is a chief element in its social danger since it is 

responsible for an enormous infantile mortality.[241] The risks of 

extragenital infection in the professional activity of doctors, midwives 

and wet-nurses is also universally recognized. In the case of wet-nurses 

infected by their employers' syphilitic infants at their breast, the 

penalty inflicted on the innocent is peculiarly harsh and unnecessary. The 

influence of infected low-class midwives is notably dangerous, for they 

may inflict widespread injury in ignorance; thus the case has been 

recorded of a midwife, whose finger became infected in the course of her 


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