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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

Moll, _Untersuchungen ueber die Libido Sexualis_, bd. i, p. 264. Many 

authorities, from Soranus of Ephesus onward, consider, however, that 

sexual relations should cease during pregnancy, and certainly during the 

later months. Cf. Brenot, _De l'influence de la copulation pendant la 

grosseisse_, 1903. 

 

[200] Bianchi terms this fairly common condition the neurasthenia of 

pregnancy. 

 

[201] Vinay, _Traite des Maladies de la Grossesse_, 1894, pp. 51, 577; 

Mongeri, "Nervenkrankungen und Schwangerschaft." _Allegemeine Zeitschrift 

fuer Psychiatrie_, bd. LVIII, Heft 5. Haig remarks (_Uric Acid_, sixth 

edition, p. 151) that during normal pregnancy diseases with excess of uric 

acid in the blood (headaches, fits, mental depression, dyspepsia, asthma) 

are absent, and considers that the common idea that women do not easily 

take colds, fevers, etc., at this time is well founded. 

 

[202] Founding his remarks on certain anatomical changes and on a 

suggestion of Engel's, Donaldson observes: "It is impossible to escape the 

conclusion that in women natural education is complete only with 

maternity, which we know to effect some slight changes in the sympathetic 

system and possibly the spinal cord, and which may be fairly laid under 

suspicion of causing more structural modifications than are at present 

recognized." H.H. Donaldson, _The Growth of the Brain_, p. 352. 

 

[203] The state of menstruation is in many respects an approximation to 

that of pregnancy; see, e.g., Edgar's _Practice of Obstetrics_, plates 6 6 

and 7, showing the resemblance of the menstrual changes in the breasts and 

the external sexual parts to the changes of pregnancy; cf. Havelock Ellis, 

_Man and Woman_, fourth edition, Chapter XI, "The Functional Periodicity 

of Woman." 

 

[204] Thus the gypsies say of an unmarried woman who becomes pregnant, 

"She has smelt the moon-flower"--a flower believed to grow on the 

so-called moon-mountain and to possess the property of impregnating by its 

smell. Ploss and Bartels, _Das Weib_, bd. I, Chapter XXVII. 

 

[205] This was a sound instinct, for it is now recognized as an extremely 

important part of puericulture that a woman should rest at all events 

during the latter part of pregnancy; see, e.g., Pinard, _Gazette des 

Hopitaux_, November 28, 1895, and _Annales de Gynecologie_, August, 1898. 

 

[206] Ploss and Bartels, op. cit., Chapter XXIX; Kryptadia, vol. viii, p. 

143. 

 

[207] Griffith Wilkin, _British Medical Journal_, April 8, 1905. 

 

[208] Weininger, _Geschlecht und Charakter_, p. 107. I may remark that a 

recent book, Ellis Meredith's _Heart of My Heart_, is devoted to a 

seemingly autobiographical account of a pregnant woman's emotions and 

ideas. The relations of maternity to intellectual work have been carefully 

and impartially investigated by Adele Gerhard and Helena Simon, who seem 

to conclude that the conflict between the inevitable claims of maternity 

and the scarcely less inevitable claims of the intellectual life cannot be 

avoided. 

 


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