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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

a very great extent, and many are astounded at the ease with 

which they can express their thoughts, and at the acuteness of 

their judgment in matters which, when they are perfectly sober, 

with difficulty reach their minds; and then afterwards they are 

ashamed at their mistakes." 

 

The action of opium in small doses is also to some extent 

aphrodisiacal; it slightly stimulates both the brain and the 

spinal cord, and has sensory effects on the skin like alcohol; 

these effects are favored by the state of agreeable dreaminess it 

produces. In the seventeenth century Venette (_La Generation de 

l'Homme_, Part II, Chapter V) strongly recommended small doses of 

opium, then little known, for this purpose; he had himself, he 

says, in illness experienced its joys, "a shadow of those of 

heaven." In India opium (as well as cannabis indica) has long 

been a not uncommon aphrodisiac; it is specially used to diminish 

local sensibility, delaying the orgasm and thus prolonging the 

sexual act. (W.D. Sutherland, "De Impotentia," _Indian Medical 

Gazette_, January, 1900). Its more direct and stimulating 

influence on the sexual emotions seems indicated by the statement 

that prostitutes are found standing outside the opium-smoking 

dens of Bombay, but not outside the neighboring liquor shops. 

(G.C. Lucas, _Lancet_, February 2, 1884.) Like alcohol, opium 

seems to have a marked aphrodisiacal effect on women. The case is 

recorded of a mentally deranged girl, with no nymphomania though 

she masturbated, who on taking small doses of opium at once 

showed signs of nymphomania, following men about, etc. (_American 

Journal Obstetrics_, May, 1901, p. 74.) It may well be believed 

that opium acts beneficially in men when the ejaculatory centers 

are weak but irritable; but its actions are too widespread over 

the organism to make it in any degree a valuable aphrodisiac. 

Various other drugs have more or less reputation as aphrodisiacs; 

thus bromide of gold, a nervous and glandular stimulant, is said 

to have as one of its effects a heightening of sexual feeling. 

Yohimbin, an alkaloid derived from the West African Yohimbehe 

tree, has obtained considerable repute during recent years in the 

treatment of impotence; in some cases (see, e.g., Toff's results, 

summarized in _British Medical Journal_, February 18, 1905) it 

has produced good results, apparently by increasing the blood 

supply to the sexual organs, but has not been successful in all 

cases or in all hands. It must always be remembered that in cases 

of psychical impotence suggestion necessarily exerts a beneficial 

influence, and this may work through any drug or merely with the 

aid of bread pills. All exercise, often even walking, may be a 

sexual stimulant, and it is scarcely necessary to add that 

powerful stimulation of the skin in the sexual sphere, and more 

especially of the nates, is often a more effective aphrodisiac 

than any drug, whether the irritation is purely mechanical, as by 

flogging, or mechanico-chemical, as by urtication or the 


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