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Ethics of Marriage

Second Edition


Karezza is a book by Alice Bunker Stockham, MD (b. 1833). She was one of the first women medical school graduates in the USA and wrote a very popular book on women's reproductive health, which was translated into several languages. This later work, Karezza, elucidates "a theory of conjugal life, in which there is a love communion between husband and wife from which results a mastery of the physical." A highly-principled Quaker distressed by all the unwanted pregnancies among her patients, she also saw controlled intercourse as a way to prevent reckless procreation and raise spiritual awareness. This second edition was published in 1903.

This e-book has been prepared by, 2006, a site that has a lot of information closely related to the topic of this book.

For more on Stockham, see "Finding the Kingdom of Heaven in Your Own Hearts".


Title Page
Table of Contents
Chap. I: Ethics of Marriage
Chap. 2: Karezza
Chap. 3: Attainment possible
Chap. 4: Health
Chap. 5: Parenthood
Chap. 6: Control of Procreative Powers
Chap. 7: Free Motherhood
Chap. 8: Married and Mated
Chap. 9: Procreation of Thought
Chap. 10: Spiritual Growth
Chap. Corroboration: