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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
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Fere, whose attention was called to this point, from time to time 

noted the existence of sexual periodicity. Thus, in a case of 

general paralysis, attacks of continuous sexual excitement, with 

sleeplessness, occurred every twenty-eight days; at other times, 

the patient, a man of 42, in the stage of dementia, slept well, 

and showed no signs of sexual excitation (_Societe de Biologie_, 

October 6, 1900). In another case, of a man of sound heredity and 

good health till middle life, periodic sexual manifestations 

began from puberty, with localized genital congestion, erotic 

ideas, and copious urination, lasting for two or three days. 

These manifestations became menstrual, with a period of 

intermenstrual excitement appearing regularly, but never became 

intense. Between the age of 36 and 42, the intermenstrual crises 

gradually ceased; at about 45, the menstrual crises ceased; the 

periodic crises continued, however, with the sole manifestation 

of increased frequency of urination (_Societe de Biologie_, July 

23, 1904). In a third case, of sexual neurasthenia, Fere found 

that from puberty, onwards to middle life, there appeared, every 

twenty-five to twenty-eight days, tenderness and swelling below 

the nipple, accompanied by slight sexual excitation and erotic 

dreams, lasting for one or two days (_Revue de Medecine_, March, 

1905). 

 

It is in the domain of disease that the most strenuous and, on the whole, 

the most successful efforts have been made to discover a menstrual cycle 

in men. Such a field seems promising at the outset, for many morbid 

exaggerations or defects of the nervous system might be expected to 

emphasize, or to free from inhibition, fundamental rhythmical processes of 

the organism which in health, and under the varying conditions of social 

existence, are overlaid by the higher mental activities and the pressure 

of external stimuli. In the eighteenth century Erasmus Darwin wrote a 

remarkable and interesting chapter on "The Periods of Disease," dealing 

with solar and lunar influence on biological processes.[121] Since then, 

many writers have brought forward evidence, especially in the domain of 

nervous and mental disease, which seems to justify a belief that, under 

pathological conditions, a tendency to a male menstrual rhythm may be 

clearly laid bare. 

 

We should expect an organ so primitive in character as the heart, and with 

so powerful a rhythm already stamped upon its nervous organization, to be 

peculiarly apt to display a menstrual rhythm under the stress of abnormal 

conditions. This expectation might be strengthened by the menstrual rhythm 

which Mr. Perry-Coste has found reason to suspect in pulse-frequency 

during health. I am able to present a case in which such a periodicity 

seems to be indicated. It is that of a gentleman who suffered severely for 

some years before his death from valvular disease of the heart, with a 

tendency to pulmonary congestion, and attacks of "cardiac asthma." His 

wife, a lady of great intelligence, kept notes of her husband's 

condition,[122] and at last observed that there was a certain periodicity 

in the occurrence of the exacerbations. The periods were not quite 

regular, but show a curious tendency to recur at about thirty days' 

interval, a few days before the end of every month; it was during one of 

these attacks that he finally died. There was also a tendency to minor 


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