Now a classic in the field, The Horrors of the Half-Known Life is an important foundational text in the construction of masculinity, female identity, and the history of midwivery.

part |2 pages

Part I The Sexes in Tocqueville’s America

chapter 1|4 pages

The American Man

chapter 2|10 pages

The Arena

chapter 3|4 pages

Work and Sex

chapter 4|14 pages

Democratic Fathers and Democratic Sons

chapter 5|8 pages

Freedom of Intercourse

chapter 6|12 pages

Strong Men over Orderly Women

part |2 pages

Part II From Midwives to Gynecologists

chapter 7|10 pages

The Absence of Midwives from America

chapter 8|8 pages

Democratic Doctors

chapter 9|10 pages

The Rise of Gynecology

chapter 10|28 pages

Architect of the Vagina

chapter 11|12 pages

Sexual Surgery

part |2 pages

Part III The Lightning-Rod Man

chapter 12|20 pages

The Reverend John Todd

chapter 13|8 pages

Primers for Anxiety

chapter 14|12 pages

Todd’s Masturbation Phobia

chapter 15|14 pages

The Spermatic Economy and Proto-Sublimation

chapter 16|8 pages

Men Earn—Women Spend

chapter 17|6 pages

Woman’s Refinement

chapter 18|12 pages

Sex and Anarchy

chapter 19|12 pages

From Mother to Mother Earth

part |2 pages

Part IV Augustus Kinsley Gardner

chapter 20|14 pages

Dr. Gardner’s Education

chapter 21|12 pages

Gardner’s Career

chapter 22|20 pages

The Physical Decline of American Women

chapter 23|20 pages

Punishing Women

chapter 24|12 pages

The Great Organ of Communication