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Psychopathia Sexualis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483166629, 9781483194103

Psychopathia Sexualis

1st Edition

A Medico-Forensic Study

Author: Richard Von Krafft-Ebing
eBook ISBN: 9781483194103
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1939
Page Count: 642
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Psychopathia Sexualis: A Medico-forensic Study, Twelfth Edition deals with the psychology of deviant sexual behavior. The book discusses the psychology and the physiology of sexual life including anthropological conditions such as Gynecomasty. The author describes general pathology including anesthesia sexualis (absence of sexual feeling), hyperesthesia (abnormally increased sexual desire), paraesthesia (perversion), masochism, sadism, fetishism, and antipathic sexuality. The author also examines homosexuality (as abnormal congenital manifestation), effimination, and androgyny. Special pathology includes the manifestations of abnormal sexual life in various forms and states of mental disturbance. The author discusses dementia, epilepsy, periodic insanity, nymphomania, and satyriasis. He also addresses pathological sexuality and its legal aspects that cover acts of rape, murder with rape, sodomy, cultivated pederasty, lesbian love, incest, necrophilia, or immoral acts on persons under care. The book also contains some case histories that illustrate such deviant sexual behavior. This book can interest behavioral scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, students and professors in the sciences of human sexuality and behavior.

Table of Contents

I. Fragments of a System of Psychology of Sexual Life

Force of Sexual Instinct

Sexual Instinct the Basis of Ethical Sentiments

Love as a Passion

Historical Development of Sexual Life




Position of Woman in Islam

Sensuality and Morality

Cultural Demoralization of Sexual Life

Episodes of the Moral Decay of Nations

Development of Sexual Desire; Puberty

Sensuality and Religious Fanaticism

Relation between Religious and Sexual Domains

Sensuality and Art

Idealization of First Love

True Love


Platonic Love

Love and Friendship

Difference between the Love of the Man and that of the Woman




Fondness of Dress

Facts of Physiological Fetichism

Religious and Erotic Fetichism

Hair, Hand, Foot of the Female as Fetiches

Eye, Smell, Voice, Psychical Qualities as Fetich

II. Physiological Facts


Time Limit of Sexual Life

Sexual Instinct


Physiological Development of Sexual Life

Erections: Center of Erection

Sphere of Sexuality and Olfaction

Flagellation as a Stimulant for Sexual Life

Sect of Flagellants

"Flagellum Salutis" of Paulini

"Erogenous" (Hypersesthetic) Zones

Control of Sexual Instinct



III. Anthropological Facts

Primary and Secondary Sexual Characteristics

Psychical Characteristics

Differentiation of Sexes


Development of Sexual Type


IV. General Pathology (Neurological and Psychological)

Frequency and Importance of Pathological Manifestations

Schedule of Literature

Sexual Neuroses

Influences Stimulating the Erectile Tissues

Paralysis of the Erectile Tissues

Temporary Impotence

Neurosis of the Nerve Centers of Ejaculation

Neuroses Produced by Cerebral Causes

Paradoxia, I.E., Sexual Instinct Outside the Period of Anatomicalphysiological Processes

Sexual Instinct in Early Childhood

Sexual Instinct Reappearing in Old Age

Sexual Perversions in Seniles Due to Impotence or Dementia

Anoestkesia Sexualis, I.E., Absence of Sexual Instinct



Hyperoesthesia, I.E., Pathologically Exaggerated Sexual Instinct

Conditions and Manifestations of This Anomaly

Paroesthesia or Perversion of the Sexual Instinct

Perversion and Perversity

Sadism, an Attempted Explanation of Sadism

Sadistic Lust Murder


Mutilation of Corpses

Maltreatment of Women by Cutting or Flogging, Etc.

Defilement of Female Persons

Symbolic Sadism, I.E., Brutal Force Employed against Female Persons

Ideal Sadism

Sadism Practiced on Any Other Object

Flogging of Boys

Sadistic Acts on Animals

Sadism in Woman

Kleist's "Penthesilea"


Essence and Clinical Manifestations of Masochism

Maltreatment and Humiliation Invited for the Purpose of Sexual Gratification

Passive Flagellation and Its Relations to Masochism

Frequency and Practices of Masochism

Symbolic Masochism

Ideal Masochism

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Masochism in Scientific and Belletristical Literature

Latent Masochism

Shoe and Foot Fetichism


Masochism in Woman

An Attempted Explanation of Masochism

Sexual Bondage

Masochism and Sadism

Fetichism, Definition of

Cases in Which the Fetich is a Part of the Female Body

Hand Fetichism

Bodily Defects as Fetiches

Hair Fetichism

Hair Despoilers

The Fetich is a Part of Female Attire

Mania for (Theft of) Female Handkerchiefs

Shoe Fetichism

The Fetich Consists of Some Special Fabric

Fur, Silk, Velvet, Gloves, Roses

Beast Fetichism

Antipathic Sexual Instinct

Acquired Sexual Inversion in Either Sex

Neurotic Taint a Condition of Antipathic Sexual Instinct

Grades of Acquired Perversion

Simple Inversion of Sexual Instinct

Eviration and Defemination

Insanity among the Scythians


Transition to Metamorphosis Sexualis

Metamorphosis Sexualis Paranoica

Congenital Antipathic Sexuality

Various Clinical Forms Thereof

General Symptoms

Attempted Explanation of This Anomaly

Congenital Antipathic Sexuality in the Male

Psychical Herm-Iphrorlitism





Congenital Antipathic Sexuality in the Female

Complications of Antipathic Sexual Instinct

Diagnosis, Prognosis and Therapy of Sexual Inversion

IV. Special Pathology

The Manifestations of Pathological Sexual Life in the Various Forms and Conditions of Mental Disturbance

Inhibition of Psychical Development

Acquired Mental Debility

Dementia following Psychosis or Apoplexy

Or Injuries to the Head

Or Lues Cerebrales

Dementia Paralytica


Periodical Dementia

Psychopathia Sexualis Periodica


Symptoms of Sexual Excitement in Maniacs

Satyriasis and Nymphomania

Chronic Satyriasis and Nymphomania




V. Pathological Sexual Life Before the Criminal Forum

Sexual Crimes Endanger the Common Weal

On the Increase

Probable Causes

Clinical Researches

Sexual Crimes not Properly Understood by the Law Profession

Points for the Proper Judgment of Sexual Crimes

Conditions for the Cessation of Responsibility

Points for the Psychopathological Importance of Sexual Crimes

Sexual Crimes Classified



Defilers of Statues

Rape and Lust-Murder

Bodily Injury, Violation of Things, Cruelty to Animals Caused by Sadism

Masochism and Sexual Bondage

Bodily Injury, Robbery, Theft Emanating from Fetichism

Notes on the Question of Responsibility in Sexual Offenses caused by Delusions

Immorality with Persons under the Age of Fourteen

Non-Psychopathological Cases

Psychopathological Cases

Unnatural Abuse

Violation of Animals, Sodomy, Bestiality


Unnatural Sexual Relations with Persons of the Same Sex, Pederasty

In Relation to Sexual Inversion

Necessity to Distinguish between Pathological and Normal Conditions of Pederasty

Forensic Opinion on Congenital Sexual Inversion and when Pathologically Acquired

Letter from an Urning

Reasons why Legal Proceedings against Homosexual Acts Should be Stopped

Cultivated Pederasty (not Pathological)

Causes of the Vice

Social Life of Pederasts

A Woman-Hater's Ball in Berlin

Various Categories of Male-Loving Men

Poedicatio Mulierum

Amor Lesbicus



Violation of Wards

VI. Supplement





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