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June 1994

The Neurological Complications of Spermatorrhœa

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Los Angeles County—University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(6):600-603. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540180078017

The age-old belief that loss of sperm could be dangerous to health became a major medical concern throughout the Western world following Claude-François Lallemand's inflammatory warnings about the dangers of spermatorrhea. This article investigates the leading role played by American neurologic authorities of the mid and late 1800s in their fight against the cerebral and spinal complications of spermic depletion.