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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

placing the index-finger of the left hand on the region of the bulb while 

the right hand rapidly rubs the dorsal surface of the glands with the edge 

of a piece of paper or lightly pinches the mucous membrane; a twitching of 

the region of the bulb is then perceived. This reflex is always present in 

healthy adult subjects and indicates the integrity of the physical 

mechanism of detumescence. It has been described by Hughes. (C.H. Hughes, 

"The Virile or Bulbo-cavernous Reflex," _Alienist and Neurologist_, 

January, 1898.) 

 

[107] Roubaud, _Traite de l'Impuissance_, 1855, p. 39. 

 

[108] _Das Weib_, seventh edition, vol. i, p. 510. 

 

[109] The influence of impeded respiration in exciting more or less 

perverted forms of sexual gratification has been discussed in a section of 

"Love and Pain" in the third volume of these _Studies_. 

 

[110] See, e.g., the experiments of Obici on this point, _Revista 

Sperimentale di Freniatria_, 1903, pp. 689, et seq. 

 

[111] Summarized in _Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, March, 1903, p. 

188. The tendency to closure of the eyes noted by Roubaud, to avoid 

contact of the light, indicates dilatation of the pupils, for which we 

need not seek other explanation than the general tendency of all 

peripheral stimulation, according to Schiff's law, to produce such 

dilatation. 

 

[112] Vaschide and Vurpas, "Du Coefficient Sexuel de l'Impulsion 

Musicale," _Archives de Neurologie_, May, 1904. 

 

[113] In the _Priapeia_ is an inscription which has thus been 

translated:-- 

 

"You see this organ, after which I'm called 

And which is my certificate, is humid; 

This moisture is not dew nor drops of rain, 

It is the outcome of sweet memory, 

Recalling thoughts of a complacent maid." 

 

The translator supposes that semen is referred to, but without doubt the 

allusion is to the theologians' _distillatio_. 

 

[114] A woman of 30, normal and intelligent, after conversing on love and 

passion, and then listening to the music of Grieg and Schumann, felt real 

and strong sexual excitement, increased by memories recalled by the 

presence of a sympathetic person. When then tested by the dynamometer the 

average of ten efforts with the right hand was found to be 28.2 (her 

normal average being 31.1) and with the left hand 28.0 (the normal being 

30.0). There was, however, great variability in the individual pressures 

which sometimes equaled and even exceeded the subject's normal efforts. 

The voluntary muscles are thus in harmony with the approaching general 

sexual avalanche. (Vaschide and Vurpas, "Quelques Donnees Experimentales 

sur l'Influence de l'Excitation Sexuelle," _Archivio di Psichiatria_, 

1903, fasc. v-vi.) 

 

[115] Cf. MacGillicuddy, _Functional Disorders of the Nervous System in 

Women_, p. 110; Fere, _L'Instinct Sexuel_, second edition, p. 238; id., 

"Note sur une Anomalie de l'instinct Sexuel," _Belgique Medicale_, 1905; 

also "Analysis of the Sexual Impulse," in an earlier volume of these 

_Studies_. 

 

[116] J.P. West, "Masturbation in Early Childhood," _Medical Standard_, 

November, 1895. 

 

[117] Cf. the discussion of hysteria in "Auto-Erotism," vol. i of these 

_Studies_. 

 

[118] Hirst, _Text-Book of Obstetrics_, 1899, p. 67. 

 

[119] The earliest story of the kind with which I am acquainted, that of a 


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