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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

the breasts should be exceedingly intimate, so that the breasts may be in 

a condition to respond adequately to the demand of the child's sucking 

lips at the earliest moment after birth. As a matter of fact, this 

connection is very intimate, so intimate that it takes place in two 

totally distinct ways--by the nervous system and by the blood. 

 

The breasts of young girls sometimes become tender at puberty in 

sympathy with the evolution of the sexual organs, although the 

swelling of the breasts at this period is not normally a 

glandular process. At the recurring periods of menstruation, 

again, sensations in the breasts are not uncommon. 

 

It is not, however, until impregnation occurs that really 

decisive changes take place in the breasts. "As soon as the ovum 

is impregnated, that is to say within a few days," as W.D.A. 

Griffith states it ("The Diagnosis of Pregnancy," _British 

Medical Journal_, April 11, 1903), "the changes begin to occur in 

the breast, changes which are just as well worked out as are the 

changes in the uterus and the vagina, which, from the 

commencement of pregnancy, prepare for the labor which ought to 

follow nine months afterward. These are changes in the direction 

of marked activity of function. An organ which was previously 

quite passive, without activity of circulation and the effects of 

active circulation, begins to grow and continues to grow in 

activity and size as pregnancy progresses." 

 

The association between breasts and womb is so obvious that it 

has not escaped many savage peoples, who are often, indeed, 

excellent observers. Among one primitive people at least the 

activity of the breast at impregnation seems to be clearly 

recognized. The Sinangolo of British New Guinea, says Seligmann 

(_Journal of the Anthropological Institute_, July-December, 1902, 

p. 298) believe that conception takes place in the breasts; on 

this account they hold that coitus should never take place before 

the child is weaned or he might imbibe semen with the milk. 

 

It is natural to assume that this connection between the activity 

of the womb and the glandular activity of the breasts is a 

nervous connection, by means of the spinal cord, and such a 

connection certainly exists and plays a very important part in 

the stimulating action of the breasts on the sexual organs. But 

that there is a more direct channel of communication even than 

the nervous system is shown by the fact that the secretion of 

milk will take place at parturition, even when the nervous 

connection has been destroyed. Mironoff found that, when the 

mammary gland is completely separated from the central nervous 

system, secretion, though slightly diminished, still continued. 

In two goats he cut the nerves shortly before parturition and 

after birth the breasts still swelled and functioned normally 


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