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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

by a sensation of faintness and _malaise_--apparently due to a 

sensation of smell--when she was in contact with a menstruating 

woman. I am acquainted with a man, having strong olfactory 

sympathies and antipathies, who detects the presence of 

menstruation by smell. It is said that Hortense Bare, who 

accompanied her lover, the botanist Commerson, to the Pacific 

disguised as a man, was recognized by the natives as a woman by 

means of smell. 

 

Women, like men, frequently give out an odor during coitus or 

strong sexual excitement. This odor may be entirely different 

from that normally emanating from the woman, of an acid or 

hircine character, and sufficiently strong to remain in a room 

for a considerable period. Many of the ancient medical writers 

(as quoted by Schurigius, _Parthenologia_, p. 286) described the 

goaty smell produced by venery, especially in women; they 

regarded it as specially marked in harlots and in the newly 

married, and sometimes even considered it a certain sign of 

defloration. The case has been recorded of a woman who emitted a 

rose odor for two days after coitus (McBride, quoted by Kiernan 

in an interesting summary, "Odor in Pathology," _Doctor's 

Magazine_, December, 1900). There was, it is said (_Journal des 

Savans_ 1684, p. 39, quoting from the _Journal d'Angleterre_) a 

monk in Prague who could recognize by smell the chastity of the 

women who approached him. (This monk, it is added, when he died, 

was composing a new science of odors.) 

Gustav Klein (as quoted by Adler, _Die Mangelhafte 

Geschlechtsempfindungen des Weibes_, p. 25) argues that the 

special function of the glands at the vulvar orifice--the 

_glandulae vestibulares majores_--is to give out an odorous 

secretion to act as an attraction to the male, this relic of 

sexual periodicity no longer, however, playing an important part 

in the human species. The vulvar secretion, however, it may be 

added, still has a more aromatic odor than the vaginal secretion, 

with its simple mucous odor, very clearly perceived during 

parturition. 

 

It may be added that we still know extremely little concerning 

the sexual odors of women among primitive peoples. Ploss and 

Bartels are only able to bring forward (_Das Weib_, 1901, bd. 1, 

p. 218) a statement concerning the women of New Caledonia, who, 

according to Moncelon, when young and ardent, give out during 

coitus a powerful odor which no ablution will remove. In abnormal 

states of sexual excitement such odor may be persistent, and, 

according to an ancient observation, a nymphomaniac, whose 

periods of sexual excitement lasted all through the spring-time, 

at these periods always emitted a goatlike odor. It has been said 

(G. Tourdes, art. "Aphrodisie," _Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des 

Sciences Medicales_) that the erotic temperament is characterized 


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