Boston: George W. Light, 1838. Stated fourth edition; the first appeared in 1834. 12mo, original ribbon-embossed brown cloth, 246, 6 pages. Foxed throughout; cloth a trifle rubbed in spots; a very good copy. Item #19237
An important work of sexual health reform, Graham's preface evidently having an influence on physicians and moral activists both through the 19th century, this evidently much-expanded edition with extensive appended notes and case studies to support Graham's contention that the nervous excitement of excessive sexual activity impairs digestion, leading to mental and physical breakdown; includes an extensive account dating from 1837 from an adolescent describing his masturbation habits at school and the dread effects upon his health.