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The Social Emergency Studies in Sex Hygiene and Morals   By: (1879-1950)

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THE SOCIAL EMERGENCY

Studies in Sex Hygiene and Morals

EDITED BY WILLIAM TRUFANT FOSTER PRESIDENT OF REED COLLEGE PRESIDENT PACIFIC COAST FEDERATION FOR SEX HYGIENE

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHARLES W. ELIOT PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY WILLIAM TRUFANT FOSTER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Riverside Press CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS U.S.A.

PREFACE

This volume is the outgrowth of an extension course conducted by Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1913. The course was offered to teachers and to workers in various other fields of social service as an outline of the main problems of social hygiene and morals and as a guide to further study. An edition of forty five hundred copies of the syllabus of the course was soon exhausted, and there appeared to be a sufficient demand for the publication of some of the lectures.

The chapters are the various lectures, condensed by the editor, but otherwise substantially as given, with the exception of chapters I, II, and XII, which are here presented for the first time. In the original course, Reed College fortunately had the services of Calvin S. White, M.D., and L.R. Alderman, officers of the Oregon Social Hygiene Society. Their addresses have been omitted, because they were prepared rather to meet local conditions and the needs of the course than for the general public. For the same reason the greater part of the addresses of William House, M.D., and of the editor have been omitted.

The Social Emergency does not purport to be a comprehensive or systematic treatment of the problems of sex hygiene and morals; it presents merely the views of a number of persons on certain phases of the subject. Although no writer is responsible for the ideas of any other writer, yet nearly all the writers have read and approved all the chapters. Furthermore, the editor has had the aid of other competent critics. The proof has been read by Maurice Bigelow, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Teachers College, Columbia University; by Calvin S. White, M.D., Secretary of the State Board of Health of Oregon and President of the Oregon Social Hygiene Society; and by William Snow, M.D., Secretary of the American Social Hygiene Association. Others, including Edward L. Keyes, Jr., M.D., and Harry Beal Torrey, Ph.D., have read the particular chapters concerning which they could give expert opinion. The editor is grateful to all these men, and to Florence Read, Secretary of Reed Extension Courses, who has given valuable aid. With their help he has endeavored to avoid the errors, the exaggerations, the narrowness of view, and the hysteria that characterize some of the current discussions concerning sex and the social evil.

If there is one dominant truth in this volume, it is that any plan for meeting the social emergency that would relax the control of moral and spiritual law over sex impulses is antagonistic, not only to physical health, but as well to the highest development of personality and to the progressive evolution of human society.

W.T.F.

REED COLLEGE, PORTLAND, OREGON, April, 1914.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION. By Charles W. Eliot, LL.D., President Emeritus of Harvard University 1

I. THE SOCIAL EMERGENCY. By William Trufant Foster, Ph.D., LL.D. 5

II. VARIOUS PHASES OF THE QUESTION. By William Trufant Foster 13

III. PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS. By William House, M.D., Member of the Executive Committee, Oregon Social Hygiene Society 25

IV. MEDICAL PHASES. By Andrew C. Smith, M.D., Member of the Oregon State Board of Health 32

V. ECONOMIC PHASES. By Arthur Evans Wood, A.B., Instructor in Social Economics, Reed College; Member of the Vice Commission, Portland, Oregon 45

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