Secrets Revealed. A Course of Lectures by . . . (Late La Grange & Jordan).
by La Grange [LaGrange], R[obert] J.
Philadelphia: No. 1625 Filbert Street, 1884. Evidently a second printing, with an additional page not present in the 1880 edition.. Light early drink ring to the front board (an earnest perhaps of the prevalence of vice) and few other light splashes; some light wear and soiling, with a little toning and light staining throughout; a very good copy. 12mo,original purple cloth, gilt lettering, 145 pages. ìWhilst on venereal matters, I may as well call your attention to a fact which is not generally sufficiently appreciated. I have already, in other lectures upon the fearful results of masturbation, shown the terrible local, physical and mental results arising from it.î Atwater 2175: ìFour of these lectures (on consumption, on venereal diseases, diabetes and the voice) are identical to those given by Dr. Jourdain in Boston a decade or so earlier. . . . No matter what the primary topic of these lectures, the organs of generation play a role as ëthe very mainspring of the corporeal frame.íî The supplemental volume of the Atwater catalog also includes other La Grange titles, and notes that La Grange ìand Robert J. Jordan . . . assumed ownership of the European Anatomical, Pathological & Ethnological Museum in Philadelphia ca. 1877.î (The museum was located on Chestnut St. and also included medical offices; La Grange appears to have also long maintained offices at this Filbert Street address.) Robert Jacob Jordan is of course a member of the Jordan/Jourdain/Kahn family of medical entrepreneurs, noted in Atwater for ìtheir operation of museums of dubious intentî across the country, as well as a number of variations on lectures outlining the dire effects of venereal diseases and self-abuse. Pencil inscription dated 1884 and referring to Shackamaxon St. [Philadelphia]óabout 2.5 miles from the Filbert St. consulting officesóon the front blank and a small irrelevant sketch on the verso of the leaf; later ink signature to the coated rear paste-down. (Inventory #: 17652)
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