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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

accept a monthly cycle in men. "We may," he concludes, "regard 

the human being--both male and female--as the subject of a 

monthly pulsation which begins with the beginning of life, and 

continues till death," menstruation being regarded as a function 

accidentally ingrafted upon this primordial rhythm. 

 

It is not unreasonable to argue that the possibility of such a 

menstrual cycle is increased, if we can believe that in women, 

also, the menstrual cycle persists even when its outward 

manifestations no longer occur. Aetius said that menstrual 

changes take place during gestation; in more modern times, Buffon 

was of the same opinion. Laycock also maintained that menstrual 

changes take place during pregnancy (_Nervous Diseases of Women_, 

p. 47). Fliess considers that it is certainly incorrect to assert 

that the menstrual process is arrested during pregnancy, and he 

refers to the frequency of monthly epistaxis and other nasal 

symptoms throughout this period (W. Fliess, _Beziehungen zwischen 

Nase und Geschlechts-Organen_, pp. 44 et seq.). Beard, who 

attaches importance to the persistence of a cyclical period in 

gestation, calls it the muffled striking of the clock. Harry 

Campbell (_Causation of Disease_, p. 54) has found 

post-climacteric menstrual rhythm in a fair sprinkling of cases 

up to the age of sixty. 

 

It is somewhat remarkable that, so far as I have observed, none of these 

authors refer to the possibility of any heightening of the sexual appetite 

at the monthly crisis which they believe to exist in men. This omission 

indicates that, as is suggested by the absence of definite statements on 

the matter of increase of sexual desire at menstruation, it was an ignored 

or unknown fact. Of recent years, however, many writers, especially 

alienists, have stated their conviction that sexual desire in men tends to 

be heightened at approximately monthly intervals, though they have not 

always been able to give definite evidence in support of their statements. 

 

Clouston, for instance, has frequently asserted this monthly 

periodic sexual heightening in men. In the article, 

"Developmental Insanity," in Tuke's _Psychological Dictionary_, 

he refers to the periodic physiological heightening of the 

reproductive _nisus_; and, again, in an article on "Alternation, 

Periodicity, and Relapse in Mental Diseases" (_Edinburgh Medical 

Journal_, July, 1882), he records the case of "an insane 

gentleman, aged 49, who, for the past twenty-six years, has been 

subject to the most regularly occurring brain-exaltation every 

four weeks, almost to a day. It sometimes passes off without 

becoming acutely maniacal, or even showing itself in outward 

acts; at other times it becomes so, and lasts for periods of from 

one to four weeks. It is always preceded by an uncomfortable 

feeling in the head, and pain in the back, mental hebetude, and 

slight depression. The _nisus generativus_ is greatly increased, 

and he says that, if in that condition, he has full and free 

seminal emissions during sleep, the excitement passes off; if 

not, it goes on. A full dose of bromide or iodide of potassium 

often, but not always, has the effect of stopping the excitement, 

and a very long walk sometimes does the same. When the 

excitement gets to a height, it is always followed by about a 


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