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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

The occasional cases in which the urine is drunk may possibly 

suggest that the motive lies in the properties of the fluid 

acting on the system. Support for this supposition might be found 

in the fact that urine actually does possess, apart altogether 

from its magic virtues embodied in folk-lore, the properties of a 

general stimulant. In composition (as Masterman first pointed 

out) "beef-tea differs little from healthy urine," containing 

exactly the same constituents, except that in beef-tea there is 

less urea and uric acid. Fresh urine--more especially that of 

children and young women--is taken as a medicine in nearly all 

parts of the world for various disorders, such as epistaxis, 

malaria and hysteria, with benefit, this benefit being almost 

certainly due to its qualities as a general stimulant and 

restorative. William Salmon's _Dispensatory_, 1678 (quoted in 

_British Medical Journal_, April 21, 1900, p. 974), shows that in 

the seventeenth century urine still occupied an important place 

as a medicine, and it frequently entered largely into the 

composition of Aqua Divina. 

 

Its use has been known even in England in the nineteenth century. 

(Masterman, _Lancet_, October 2, 1880; R. Neale, "Urine as a 

Medicine," _Practitioner_, November, 1881; Bourke brings together 

a great deal of evidence as to the therapeutic uses of urine in 

his _Scatalogic Rites_, especially pp. 331-335; Lusini has shown 

that normal urine invariably increases the frequency of the heart 

beats, _Archivio di Farmacologia_, fascs. 19-21, 1893.) 

 

But it is an error to suppose that these facts account for the 

urolagnic drinking of urine. As in the gratification of a normal 

sexual impulse, the intense excitement of gratifying a scatalogic 

sexual impulse itself produces a degree of emotional stimulation 

far greater than the ingestion of a small amount of animal 

extractives would be adequate to effect. In such cases, as much 

as in normal sexuality, the stimulation is clearly psychic. 

 

When, as is most commonly the case, it is the process of urination and not 

the urine itself which is attractive, we are clearly concerned with a 

symbolism of act and not with the fetichistic attraction of an excretion. 

When the excretion, apart from the act, provides the attraction, we seem 

usually to be in the presence of an olfactory fetichism. These fetichisms 

connected with the excreta appear to be experienced chiefly by individuals 

who are somewhat weak-minded, which is not necessarily the case in regard 

to those persons for whom the act, rather than its product apart from the 

beloved person, is the attractive symbol. 

 

The sexually symbolic nature of the act of urination for many 

people is indicated by the existence, according to Bloch, who 

enumerates various kinds of indecent photographs, of a group 

which he terms "the notorious _pisseuses_." It is further 

indicated by several of the reproductions in Fuch's _Erotsiche 

Element in der Karikatur_, such as Delorme's "La Necessite n'a 

point de Loi." (It should be added that such a scene by no means 

necessarily possesses any erotic symbolism, as we may see in 


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