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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

Hippocrates long ago noted, it is not until puberty that they assume their 

adult characteristics. The infant, the adult, the aged person, each has 

his own kind of smell, and, as Monin remarks, it might be possible, within 

certain limits, to discover the age of a person by his odor. Jorg in 1832 

pointed out that in girls the appearance of a specific smell of the 

excreta indicates the establishment of puberty, and Kaan, in his 

_Psychopathia Sexualis_, remarked that at puberty "the sweat gives out a 

more acrid odor resembling musk." In both sexes puberty, adolescence, 

early manhood and womanhood are marked by a gradual development of the 

adult odor of skin and excreta, in general harmony with the secondary 

sexual development of hair and pigment. Venturi, indeed, has, not without 

reason, described the odor of the body as a secondary sexual 

character.[36] It may be added that, as is the case with the pigment in 

various parts of the body in women, some of these odors tend to become 

exaggerated in sympathy with sexual and other emotional states. 

 

The odor of the infant is said to be of butyric acid; that of old 

people to resemble dry leaves. Continent young men have been said 

by many ancient writers to smell more strongly than the unchaste, 

and some writers have described as "seminal odor"--an odor 

resembling that of animals in heat, faintly recalling that of the 

he-goat, according to Venturi--the exhalations of the skin at 

such times. 

 

During sexual excitement, as women can testify, a man very 

frequently, if not normally, gives out an odor which, as usually 

described, proceeds from the skin, the breath, or both. Grimaldi 

states that it is as of rancid butter; others say it resembles 

chloroform. It is said to be sometimes perceptible for a distance 

of several feet and to last for several hours after coitus. 

(Various quotations are given by Gould and Pyle, _Anomalies and 

Curiosities of Medicine_, section on "Human Odors," pp. 397-403.) 

St. Philip Neri is said to have been able to recognize a chaste 

man by smell. 

 

During menstruation girls and young women frequently give off an 

odor which is quite distinct from that of the menstrual fluid, 

and is specially marked in the breath, which may smell of 

chloroform or violets. Pouchet (confirmed by Raciborski, _Traite 

de la Menstruation_, 1868, p. 74) stated that about a day before 

the onset of menstruation a characteristic smell is exuded. 

Menstruating girls are also said sometimes to give off a smell of 

leather. Aubert, of Lyons (as quoted by Galopin), describes the 

odor of the skin of a woman during menstruation as an agreeable 

aromatic or acidulous perfume of chloroform character. By some 

this is described as emanating especially from the armpits. 

Sandras (quoted by Raciborski) knew a lady who could always tell 


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