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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

the teaching that women must not be subjected to a surgical operation 

during the monthly flux. Our forefathers, from time immemorial, have 

thought and taught that the presence of a menstruating woman would pollute 

solemn religious rites, would sour milk, spoil the fermentation in 

wine-vats, and much other mischief in a general way. Influenced by hoary 

tradition, modern physicians very generally postpone all operative 

treatment until the flow has ceased. But why this delay, if time is 

precious, and it enters as an important factor in the case? I have found 

menstruation to be the very best time to curette away fungous vegetations 

of the endometrium, for, being swollen then by the afflux of blood, they 

are larger than at any other time, and can the more readily be removed. 

There is, indeed, no surer way of checking or of stopping a metrorrhagia 

than by curetting the womb during the very flow. While I do not select 

this period for the removal of ovarian cysts, or for other abdominal work, 

such as the extirpation of the ovaries, or a kidney, or breaking up 

intestinal adhesions, etc., yet I have not hesitated to perform these 

operations at such a time, and have never had reason to regret the course. 

The only operations that I should dislike to perform during menstruation 

would be those involving the womb itself." 

 

It must be added to this that we still have to take into consideration not 

merely the surviving influence of ancient primitive beliefs, but the 

possible existence of actual nervous conditions during the menstrual 

period, producing what may be described as an abnormal nervous tension. In 

this way, we are doubtless concerned with a tissue of phenomena, 

inextricably woven of folk-lore, autosuggestion, false observation, and 

real mental and nervous abnormality. Laurent (loc. cit.) has brought 

forward several cases which may illustrate this point. Thus, he speaks of 

two young girls of about 16 and 17, slightly neuropathic, but without 

definite hysterical symptoms, who, during the menstrual period, feel 

themselves in a sort of electrical state, "with tingling and prickling 

sensations and feelings of attraction or repulsion at the contact of 

various objects." These girls believe their garments stick to their skin 

during the periods; it was only with difficulty that they could remove 

their slippers, though fitting easily; stockings had to be drawn off 

violently by another person, and they had given up changing their chemises 

during the period because the linen became so glued to the skin. An 

orchestral performer on the double-bass informed Laurent that whenever he 

left a tuned double-bass in his lodgings during his wife's period a 

string snapped; consequently he always removed his instrument at this time 

to a friend's house. He added that the same thing happened two years 

earlier with a mistress, a _cafe-concert_ singer, who had, indeed, warned 

him beforehand. A harpist also informed Laurent that she had been obliged 

to give up her profession because during her periods several strings of 

her harp, always the same strings, broke, especially when she was playing. 

A friend of Laurent's, an official in Cochin China, also told him that the 

strings of his violin often snapped during the menstrual periods of his 

Annamite mistress, who informed him that Annamite women are familiar with 

the phenomenon, and are careful not to play on their instruments at this 

time. Two young ladies, both good violinists, also affirmed that ever 


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