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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

Bruegelmann ("Zur Lehre vom Perversen Sexualismus," _Zeitschrift 

fuer Hypnotismus_, 1900, Heft I). These muscular conditions ceased 

for several days whenever coitus was effected. 

 

An instructive analogy to the motor irradiations preceding the 

moment of sexual detumescence may be found in the somewhat 

similar motor irradiations which follow the delayed expulsion of 

a highly distended bladder. These sometimes become very marked in 

a child or young woman unable to control the motor system 

absolutely. The legs are crossed, the foot swung, the thighs 

tightly pressed together, the toes curled. The fingers are flexed 

in rhythmic succession. The whole body slowly twists as though 

the seat had become uncomfortable. It is difficult to concentrate 

the mind; the same remark may be automatically repeated; the eyes 

search restlessly, and there is a tendency to count surrounding 

objects or patterns. When the extreme degree of tension is 

reached it is only by executing a kind of dance that the 

explosive contraction of the bladder is restrained. 

 

The picture of muscular irradiation presented under these 

circumstances differs but slightly from that of the onset of 

detumescence. In one case the explosion is sought, in the other 

case it is dreaded; but in both cases there is a retarded 

muscular tension,--in the one case involuntary, in the other case 

voluntary--maintained at a point of acute intensity, and in both 

cases the muscular irradiations of this tension spread over the 

whole body. 

 

The increased motor irritability of the state of detumescence 

somewhat resembles the conditions produced by a weak anaesthetic 

and there is some interest in noting the sexual excitement liable 

to occur in anaesthesia. I am indebted to Dr. J.F.W. Silk for some 

remarks on this point:-- 

 

"I. Sexual emotions may apparently be aroused during the stage of 

excitement preceding or following the administration of any 

anaesthetic; these emotions may take the form of mere delirious 

utterances, or may be associated with what is apparently a sexual 

orgasm. Or reflex phenomena connected with the sexual organs may 

occasionally be observed under special circumstances; or, to put 

it in another way, such reflex possibilities are not always 

abolished by the condition of narcosis or anaesthesia. 

 

"II. Of the particular anaesthetics employed I am inclined to 

think that the possibility of such conditions arising is 

inversely proportionate to their strength, e.g., they are more 

frequently observed with a weak anaesthetic like nitrous oxide 

than with chloroform. 

 

"III. Sexual emotions I believe to be rarely observable in men, 

and this is remarkable, or, I should say, particularly 

noticeable, for the presence of nurses, female students, etc., 

might almost have led one to expect that the contrary would have 

been the case. On the other hand, it is among men that I have 

frequently observed a reflex phenomenon which has usually taken 

the shape of an erection of the penis when the structures in the 


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