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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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INDEX OF AUTHORS

vulgar ideal of mere quantity, is now generally accepted, alike by medical 

pathologists, embryologists and neurologists, and by sociologists and 

moralists. 

 

It would be easy to multiply quotations from distinguished 

authorities on this point. Thus, Metchnikoff points out (_Essais 

Optimistes_, p. 419) that orthobiosis seems to involve the 

limitation of offspring in the fight against disease. Ballantyne 

concludes his great treatise on _Antenanal Pathology_ with the 

statement that "Eugenics" or well-begetting, is one of the 

world's most pressing problems. Dr. Louise Robinovitch, the 

editor of the _Journal of Mental Pathology_, in a brilliant and 

thoughtful paper, read before the Rome Congress of Psychology in 

1905, well spoke in the same sense: "Nations have not yet 

elevated the energy of genesic function to the dignity of an 

energy. Other energies known to us, even of the meanest grade, 

have long since been wisely utilized, and their activities based 

on the principle of the strictest possible economy. This economic 

utilization has been brought about, not through any enforcement 

of legislative restrictions, but through steadily progressive 

human intelligence. Economic handling of genesic function will, 

like the economic function of other energies, come about through 

a steady and progressive intellectual development of nations." 

"There are circumstances," says C.H. Hughes, ("Restricted 

Procreation," _Alienist and Neurologist_, May, 1908), "under 

which the propagation of a human life may be as gravely criminal 

as the taking of a life already begun." 

 

From the general biological, as well as from the sociological 

side, the acceptance of the same standpoint is constantly 

becoming more general, for it is recognized as the inevitable 

outcome of movements which have long been in progress. 

 

"Already," wrote Haycraft (_Darwinism and Race Progress_, p. 

160), referring to the law for the prevention of cruelty to 

children, "public opinion has expressed itself in the public 

rule that a man and woman, in begetting a child, must take upon 

themselves the obligation and responsibility of seeing that that 

child is not subjected to cruelty and hardship. It is but one 

step more to say that a man and a woman shall be under obligation 

not to produce children, when it is certain that, from their want 

of physique, they will have to undergo suffering, and will keep 

up but an unequal struggle with their fellows." Professor J. 

Arthur Thomson, in his volume on _Heredity_ (1908), vigorously 

and temperately pleads (p. 528) for rational methods of eugenics, 

as specially demanded in an age like our own, when the unfit have 

been given a better chance of reproduction than they have ever 

been given in any other age. Bateson, again, referring to the 

growing knowledge of heredity, remarks (_Mendel's Principles of 

Heredity_, 1909, p. 305): "Genetic knowledge must certainly lead 

to new conceptions of justice, and it is by no means impossible 

that, in the light of such knowledge, public opinion will welcome 

measures likely to do more for the extinction of the criminal and 

the degenerate than has been accomplished by ages of penal 

enactment." Adolescent youths and girls, said Anton von Menger, 

in his last book, the pregnant _Neue Sittenlehre_ (1905), must be 

taught that the production of children, under certain 

circumstances, is a crime; they must also be taught the voluntary 

restraint of conception, even in health; such teaching, Menger 


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