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

Chapter 8. What is the proper age for marriage? Becklard believes between 25 and 30 for men, and 19 to 25 for women. Any younger age is not yet suited for intercourse. In addition, men who marry too young become bald, myopic, and flabby, and women lose the bloom of youth very quickly. And both lose their mental acuity.

Rich people can marry earlier, because they have access to better food, and wines and other stimulants accelerate puberty. Sorry, poors, you have to wait! Also, nymphos, women who suffer from “uterine epilepsy,” or virgin convulsions should be married quickly, for that is the only sure cure.

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