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This is a subject of universal interest, and vital importance to all mankind, whether it be considered from a physical, moral, social, or medical standpoint. It lies at the foundation of all human improvement, and enduring progress. The function of reproduction as examined into by the most scientific physiologists, and moralists, is considered to be the most influential of the human economy. Nowhere does knowledge mean so much, because here it materially influences morals, public health, population, disease, mortality; besides personal reputation,property,legitimacy, and even life itself. Yet in spite of this, it is a subject which is not taught in medical colleges, is ignored in text books on physiology—even ministers are ignorant on it; and worse than all, physicians are doing little to lift the veil of mock-modesty and hypocracy which keeps the masses in ignorance and vice. Is it not an outrage on the people that they should be
ELLIOTT SB. HYGIENE AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SEXUAL SPHERE, AND THE PHYSICIAN'S RELATION TO THE LAITY AS REGARDS THIS SUBJECT. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):784–785. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290022002d
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