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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

 

It was indeed the failure to understand the vital activity of the 

semen and the feminine genital canal, co-operating together 

towards the junction of sperm cell and germ cell, which for so 

long stood in the way of the proper understanding of conception. 

Even the genius of Harvey, which had grappled successfully with 

the problem of the circulation, failed in the attempt to 

comprehend the problem of generation. Mainly on account of this 

difficulty, he was unable to see how the male element could 

possibly enter the uterus, although he devoted much observation 

and study to the question. Writing of the uterus of the doe after 

copulation, he says: "I began to doubt, to ask myself whether the 

semen of the male could by any possibility make its way by 

attraction or injection to the seat of conception, and repeated 

examination led me to the conclusion that none of the semen 

reached this seat." (_De-Generatione Animalium_, Exercise lxvii.) 

"The woman," he finally concluded, "after contact with the 

spermatic fluid _in coitu_, seems to receive an influence and 

become fecundated without the co-operation of any sensible 

corporeal agent, in the same way as iron touched by the magnet is 

endowed with its powers." 

 

Although the specifically sexual muscular process of detumescence in 

women--as distinguished from the general muscular phenomena of sexual 

excitement which may be fairly obvious--is thus seen to be somewhat 

complex and obscure, in women as well as in men detumescence is a 

convulsion which discharges a slowly accumulated store of nervous force. 

In women also, as in men, the motor discharge is directed to a specific 

end--the intromission of the semen in the one sex, its reception in the 

other. In both sexes the sexual orgasm and the pleasure and satisfaction 

associated with it, involve, as their most essential element, the motor 

activity of the sexual sphere.[121] 

 

The active co-operation of the female organs in detumescence is 

probably indicated by the difficulty which is experienced in 

achieving conception by the artificial injection of semen. Marion 

Sims stated in 1866, in _Clinical Notes on Uterine Surgery_, that 

in 55 injections in six women he had only once been successful; 

he believed that that was the only case at that time on record. 

Jacobi had, however, practiced artificial fecundation in animals 

(in 1700) and John Hunter in man. See Gould and Pyle, _Anomalies 

and Curiosities of Medicine_, p. 43; also Janke (_Die 

Willkuerliche Hervorbringen des Geschlechts_, pp. 230 et seq.) who 

discusses the question of artificial fecundation and brings 

together a mass of data. 

 

The facial expression when tumescence is completed is marked by a high 

degree of energy in men and of loveliness in women. At this moment, when 

the culminating act of life is about to be accomplished, the individual 

thus reaches his supreme state of radiant beauty. The color is heightened, 

the eyes are larger and brighter, the facial muscles are more tense, so 

that in mature individuals any wrinkles disappear and youthfulness 

returns. 

 

At the beginning of detumescence the features are frequently more 


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