Ideal Marriage

Ideal Marriage

Its Physiology and Technique

1st Edition - January 1, 1926

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  • Author: Th. H. Van De Velde
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483194431

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Ideal Marriage deals with the physical problems of marriage. The first edition of this book was published in 1928. It is the first part of a trilogy. It focuses on the sexual basis of married life and aims at increasing the forces of mutual attraction in marriage, through the evolution and improvement of physiological relationships. This book is organized into 17 chapters. The chapters focus on the physiology of conjugal life, because knowledge here is the indispensable basis, both theoretical and practical, for success in marriage. They attempt to fill the gap which still exists in scientific literature for the medical man or woman, and at the same time give doctors an opportunity to refer those patients who need instruction in this particular matter. This book provides all the data bearing upon the physiology and technique of sexual congress, scientifically presented. This book will be of interest to medical professionals and those interested in ideal marriage.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction


    Personal Introductory Statement

    Part I Introduction and General Physiology of Sex

    Chapter I Preliminary. Marriage, Actual and Ideal

    Reasons for Retention of Marriage

    The Four Corner-stones of Marriage

    Right Choice of Partner

    Correct Psychological Approach

    Solution of Problem of Parentage

    Vigorous and Harmonious Sex Life

    The Doctor as Adviser

    The Husband as Initiator

    Inadequacy and Egotism of Most Husbands, and Apparent Coldness of their Wives

    The Husband as Permanent Lover of his Wife

    Ideal Marriage demands Study and Thought

    The Present Treatise as a Manual on this Subject

    Chapter II Glimpses into the General Human Physiology of Sex. Part I

    The Evolution of the Sexual Impulse. Sexual Sensations and Internal Stimuli

    Chapter III Glimpses into General Human Sexual Physiology. Part II

    Sexual Sensations and External Stimuli

    First Intermezzo of Twenty Aphorisms

    Part II Specific Anatomy and Physiology of Sex

    Chapter IV Notes On The Sexual Physiology of the Adult Woman

    I. Introduction and Definition, The External Genital Organs (see Plate I.)

    Chapter V The Sexual Physiology of the Adult Woman

    II. The Internal Genital Organs (see Plates II. and III.)

    Chapter VI Sexual Physiology of the Adult Woman

    III. Ovarian Activity, Rhythm of Vital Manifestations in the Female Organism, and Menstruation (see Plates V. and VI.)

    Chapter VII Anatomy and Physiology of the Male Sexual Organs

    General Remarks

    Penis, or Male Organ or Member

    Smegma: Need for Cleanliness


    Nervous Structure and Nerve Supply

    Mechanism of Erections

    Penile Angle

    The Urethra

    The Scrotum and the Testicles

    Spermatozoa considered in Detail

    Immature Sperms

    Conditions of Survival

    Meeting of Sperm-cell and Ovum: Conception

    The Prostate

    Vasa Defereant, Seminal Ducts or Cords

    Mechanism of Ejaculation

    Internal or Endocrine Testicular Secretion

    Second Intermezzo of Twenty Aphorisms

    Part III Sexual Intercourse Its Physiology and Technique

    Chapter VIII Definitions. Prelude, and Love Play

    Definition of Normality

    Normal Stages of Sexual Intercourse

    Communion or Coitus, the Apex

    Prelude (cf. Impulse and Approach)

    The Significance of the Prelude

    "Distillation" a Physical Preparation

    The Love Play (Impulse to Sexual Satisfaction)

    Bodily Manipulations and Caresses

    Local or Genital Stimulation

    Hints on Technique

    Chapter IX Sexual Union (Communion)

    Physiological and Technical Considerations

    Chapter X Sexual Communion

    Physiology and Technique

    Chapter XI Sexual Communion

    Position and Action during Coitus

    Chapter XII Further Manifestations during Coitus: Epilogue or After-Glow

    General Process of Tension

    Concentration and Transfiguration

    Third Intermezzo of Twenty Aphorisms

    Part IV Hygiene of Ideal Marriage


    Definition, Limitation and Arrangement of Material

    Chapter XIII Bodily Hygiene. Part I

    First Intercourse or Defloration.—Honeymoon

    Chapter XIV Bodily Hygiene. Part II

    Influence of the Sexual Function on Physique and Psyche. Sexual Vigor or Potency

    Chapter XV Bodily Hygiene. Part III

    Personal and External Factors Affecting Sexual Intercourse. (See also Chapters II, III, VI and VII)

    Chapter XVI Bodily Hygiene. Part IV

    Sexual Intercourse in Special Bodily (or Physical) Circumstances. Sexual Intercourse during Menstruation

    Supplement to Chapter XVI

    Care and Cleanliness of the Sexual Organs

    Chapter XVII Psychic, Emotional and Mental Hygiene

    Marriage as a Living Organism

    Avoidance of Mental Conflicts

    Relation of Ideal Marriage to Religion

    Mosaic Law

    Physiology and Catholic Moral Theology


    Consistent Ascetics must Reject Ideal Marriage

    In all other Cases Ideal Marriage Morally Justifiable

    Ideal Marriage Demands and Expresses the Union of Physical and Psychic Love

    Sexual Intercourse not an End but a Means

    Ideal Marriage Develops this Means of Expression


Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1926
  • Published: January 1, 1926
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483194431

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Th. H. Van De Velde

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