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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

the chief key to the effects produced by coitus on women, however these 

effects may possibly be still further heightened by the actual absorption 

of semen.[139] 

 

The positive action of semen, or rather of the testicular products, has 

been much investigated during recent years, and appears on the whole to be 

demonstrated. The notable discovery by Brown-Sequard, a quarter of a 

century ago, that the ingestion of the testicular juices in states of 

debility and senility acted as a beneficial stimulant and tonic, opened 

the way to a new field of therapeutics. Many investigators in various 

countries have found that testicular extracts, and more especially the 

spermin as studied by Poehl,[140] and by him regarded as a positive 

katalysator or accelerator of metabolic processes, exert a real influence 

in giving tone to the heart and other muscles, and in improving the 

metabolism of the tissues even when all influences of mental suggestion 

have been excluded.[141] 

 

As the ovaries are strictly analogous to the testes, it was 

surmised that ovarian extract might prove a drug equally valuable 

with testicular products. As a matter of fact, ovarian extract, 

in the form of ovarin, etc., would seem to have proved beneficial 

in various disorders, more especially in anaemia and in troubles 

due to the artificial menopause. In most conditions, however, in 

which it has been employed the results are doubtful or uncertain, 

and some authorities believe that the influence of suggestion 

plays a considerable part here. 

 

There is, however, another use which is subserved by the testicular 

products, a use which may indeed be said to be implied in those uses to 

which reference has already been made, but is yet historically the latest 

to be realized and studied. It was not until 1869 that Brown-Sequard first 

suggested that an important secretion was elaborated by the ductless 

glands and received into the circulation, but that suggestion proved to be 

epoch-making. If these glandular secretions are so valuable when 

administered as drugs to other persons, must they not be of far greater 

value when naturally secreted and poured out into the circulation in the 

living body? It is now generally believed, on the basis of a large and 

various body of evidence, that this is undoubtedly so. In a very crude 

form, indeed, this belief is by no means modern. In opposition to the old 

writers who were inclined to regard the semen as an excretion which it was 

beneficial to expel, there were other ancient authorities who argued that 

it was beneficial to retain it as being a vital fluid which, if 

reabsorbed, served to invigorate the body. The great physiologist, Haller, 

in the middle of the eighteenth century, came very near to the modern 

doctrine when he stated in his _Elements of Physiology_ that the sperm 

accumulated in the seminical vesicles is pumped back into the blood, and 

thus produces the beard and the hair together with the other surprising 

changes of puberty which are absent in the eunuch. The reabsorption of 

semen can scarcely be said to be a part of the modern physiological 

doctrine, but it is at least now generally held that the testes secrete 


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