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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

to 150 and even 160, indicating a very high pressure, which rarely occurs; 

at the same time Madame X looked very emotional and troubled.[112] 

 

Some authorities are of opinion that irregularities in the 

accomplishment of the sexual act are specially liable to cause 

disturbances in the circulation. Thus Kisch, of Prague, refers to 

the case of a couple practising coitus interruptus--the husband 

withdrawing before ejaculation--in which the wife, a vigorous 

woman, became liable after some years to attacks termed by Kisch 

_neurasthenia cordis vasomotoria_, in which there was at daily or 

longer intervals palpitation, with feelings of anxiety, headache, 

dizziness, muscular weakness and tendency to faint. He regards 

coitus as a cause of various heart troubles in women: (1) Attacks 

of tachycardia in very excitable and sexually inclined women; (2) 

attacks of tachycardia with dyspnoea in young women, with 

vaginismus; (3) cardiac symptoms with lowered vascular tone in 

women who for a long time have practised coitus interruptus 

without complete sexual gratification (Kisch, "Herzbeschwerden 

der Frauen verursacht durch den Cohabitationsact," _Muenchener 

Medizinisches Wochenschrift_, 1897, p. 617). In this connection, 

also, reference may probably be made to those attacks of anxiety 

which Freud associates with psychic sexual lesions of an 

emotional character. 

 

Associated with this vascular activity in detumescence we find a general 

tendency to glandular activity. Various secretions are formed abundantly. 

Perspiration is copious, and the ancient relationship between the 

cutaneous and sexual systems seems to evoke a general activity of the skin 

and its odoriferous secretions. Salivation, which also occurs, is very 

conspicuous in many lower animals, as for instance in the donkey, notably 

the female, who just before coitus stands with mouth open, jaws moving, 

and saliva dribbling. In men, corresponding to the more copious secretion 

in women, there is, during the latter stages of tumescence, a slight 

secretion of mucus--Fuerbringer's _urethrorrhoea ex libidine_--which 

appears in drops at the urethral orifice. It comes from the small glands 

of Littre and Cowper which open into the urethra. This phenomenon was well 

known to the old theologians, who called it _distillatio_, and realized 

its significance as at once distinct from semen and an indication that the 

mind was dwelling on voluptuous images; it was also known in classic 

times[113]; more recently it has often been confused with semen and has 

thus sometimes caused needless anxiety to nervous persons. There is also 

an increased secretion of urine, and it is probable that if the viscera 

were more accessible to observation we might be able to demonstrate that 

the glands throughout the body share in this increased activity. 

 

The phenomena of detumescence culminate, however, and have their most 

obvious manifestation in motor activity. The genital act, as Vaschide and 

Vurpas remark, consists essentially in "a more and more marked tension of 

the motor state which, reaching its maximum, presents a short tonic phase, 

followed by a clonic phase, and terminates in a period of adynamia and 


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