Becklard’s Physiology; or, the Quaint Backwardness of 1850s Medicine – Part Five

Chapter 6. Dr. Becklard believes that many men and women get married who are quite unsuited to one another, which leads to a lot of shame, heartache, and divorce. (Some things never change, eh?) He discusses hand-fasting, the Scottish ceremony of living together on a trial basis before taking the true legal plunge (which in certain circles is thought of as a myth; see this link). He very nearly agrees with this idea, as “any marriage is better than none.” That’s a bit contradictory, isn’t it?

He does not believe in polygamy, however, for he feels it would only engender jealousy, and what woman in a civilized nation is going to share her bed with another woman?

Marriage is best for all, as eventually, if you remain single, you will either wank to death or go insane. Even if you don’t subscribe to solitary vice, the voluptuous images shall come to haunt you.

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