"Le livre sans titre, dédié aux jeunes gens et aux Péres et mères de famille

He was young and handsome, his mother’s pride and joy—but he died in torment, blind, sick and paralyzed—at the age of seventeen. If only he’d known the perils of masturbation, then he might have lived a better life. This, in a nutshell, was the warning to young French men as published in Le livre sans titre (“The Book With No Title”) in 1830. At that time, masturbation was considered by moralists and physicians as a malady which lead to early death.
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Dittrick Museum: Le Livre Sans Titre, 1830 "His chest collapses, he vomits blood.

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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Dead at ‘The Fatal Consequences of Masturbation’—a handy guide from 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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Dead at ‘The Fatal Consequences of Masturbation’—a handy guide from 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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A devouring fire sears his gut; he suffers horrible stomach pains… He hungers; he wants to satiate his appetite; food won’t stay down in his stomach… His chest collapses… he vomits blood… -From The.

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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"Le Livre Sans Titre," An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse, 1830

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