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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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duties, and directly or indirectly contaminated one hundred persons. 

Kissing is an extremely common source of syphilitic infection, and of all 

extragenital regions the mouth is by far the most frequent seat of primary 

syphilitic sores. In some cases, it is true, especially in prostitutes, 

this is the result of abnormal sexual contacts. But in the majority of 

cases it is the result of ordinary and slight kisses as between young 

children, between parents and children, between lovers and friends and 

acquaintances. Fairly typical examples, which have been reported, are 

those of a child, kissed by a prostitute, who became infected and 

subsequently infected its mother and grandmother; of a young French bride 

contaminated on her wedding-day by one of the guests who, according to 

French custom, kissed her on the cheek after the ceremony; of an American 

girl who, returning from a ball, kissed, at parting, the young man who had 

accompanied her home, thus acquiring the disease which she not long 

afterwards imparted in the same way to her mother and three sisters. The 

ignorant and unthinking are apt to ridicule those who point out the 

serious risks of miscellaneous kissing. But it remains nevertheless true 

that people who are not intimate enough to know the state of each other's 

health are not intimate enough to kiss each other. Infection by the use of 

domestic utensils, linen, etc., while comparatively rare among the better 

social classes, is extremely common among the lower classes and among the 

less civilized nations; in Russia, according to Tarnowsky, the chief 

authority, seventy per cent. of all cases of syphilis in the rural 

districts are due to this cause and to ordinary kissing, and a special 

conference in St. Petersburg in 1897, for the consideration of the methods 

of dealing with venereal disease, recorded its opinion to the same effect; 

much the same seems to be true regarding Bosnia and various parts of the 

Balkan peninsula where syphilis is extremely prevalent among the 

peasantry. As regards the last group, according to Bulkley in America, 

fifty per cent. of women generally contract syphilis innocently, chiefly 

from their husbands, while Fournier states that in France seventy-five per 

cent. of married women with syphilis have been infected by their husbands, 

most frequently (seventy per cent.) by husbands who were themselves 

infected before marriage and supposed that they were cured. Among men the 

proportion of syphilitics who have been accidentally infected, though less 

than among women, is still very considerable; it is stated to be at least 

ten per cent., and possibly it is a much larger proportion of cases. The 

scrupulous moralist who is anxious that all should have their deserts 

cannot fail to be still more anxious to prevent the innocent from 

suffering in place of the guilty. But it is absolutely impossible for him 

to combine these two aims; syphilis cannot be at the same time perpetuated 

for the guilty and abolished for the innocent. 

 

I have been taking only syphilis into account, but nearly all 

that is said of the accidental infection of syphilis applies with 

equal or greater force to gonorrhoea, for though gonorrhoea does 

not enter into the system by so many channels as syphilis, it is 

a more common as well as a more subtle and elusive disease. 

 

The literature of Syphilis Insontium is extremely extensive. 

There is a bibliography at the end of Duncan Bulkley's _Syphilis 

in the Innocent_, and a comprehensive summary of the question in 

a Leipzig Inaugural Dissertation by F. Moses, _Zur Kasuistik der 


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