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March 29, 1884

Gants' Diseases of the Bladder and Hawe's Excessive Venery.—Excessive Venery, Masturbation, and Continence; the Ætiology, Pathology, and Treatment.

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By Joseph W. Hawe, M.D. New York: Bermingham & Co. 1884. pp. 299.

JAMA. 1884;II(13):358-359. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390370022010

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This volume contains the substance of a course of lectures delivered in the University of New York, supplemented as the writer states, by an account of the peculiar methods of treatment of various American and European authorities, thus forming a manual of reference.

The work has been done with no great thoroughness or completeness. In fact, as a work of reference it is not equal to several of the standard treatises from which it is largely compiled. Those parts of the work which are really most telling and attractive are the long quotations from Acton, Hammond (Male Impotence), and similar well-known works. We do not like the tone of the book. "Sons of Manhood" is a definition not too loose for the writer's taste, as he employs it more than once.

The value of a work which expressly treats continence among the causes of disease and insanity (p. 62) is

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