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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

sweet and pure sensation of thrill through the whole system. I 

said nothing; in fact, was too thrilled for speech; and never to 

this day have shown any responsive action, but for months at 

certain periods, generally twice a month, I have experienced the 

most pleasurable emotions. I have seen this friend twice since, 

and have a curious feeling that I stand on one side of a hedge, 

while he is on the other, and, as neither makes an approach, 

pleasure of the highest kind is experienced, but not allowed to 

go beyond reasonable and health-giving bounds. In some moments I 

feel overcome by a sense of mastery by this man, and yet, feeling 

that any approach would be undignified, some pleasure is 

experienced in restraining and keeping within proper bounds this 

passional emotion. All these thrills of pleasurable emotion 

possess a psychic value, and, so long as the nervous system is 

kept in perfect health, they do not seem to have the power to 

injure, but rather one is able to utilize the passionate emotions 

as weapons for pleasure and work." 

 

Various parts of the skin surface appear to have special sexual 

sensitiveness, peculiarly marked in many individuals, especially 

women; so that, as Fere remarks (_L'Instinct Sexuel_, second 

edition, 1902, p. 130), contact stimulation of the lips, lobe of 

ear, nape of neck, little finger, knee, etc., may suffice even to 

produce the orgasm. Some sexually hyperaesthetic women, as has 

already been noted, experience this when shaking hands with a man 

who is attractive to them. In some neurotic persons this 

sensibility, as Fere shows, may exist in so morbid a degree that 

even the contact of the sensitive spot with unattractive persons 

or inanimate objects may produce the orgasm. In this connection 

reference may be made to the well-known fact that in some 

hysterical subjects there are so-called "erogenous zones" simple 

pressure on which suffices to evoke the complete orgasm. There 

is, perhaps, some significance, from our present point of view, 

in the fact that, as emphasized by Savill ("Hysterical Skin 

Symptoms," _Lancet_, January 30, 1904), the skin is one of the 

very best places to study hysteria. 

 

The intimate connection between the skin and the sexual sphere is 

also shown in pathological conditions of the skin, especially in 

acne as well as simple pimples on the face. The sexual 

development of puberty involves a development of hair in various 

regions of the body which previously were hairless. As, however, 

the sebaceous glands on the face and elsewhere are the vestiges 

of former hairs and survive from a period when the whole body was 

hairy, they also tend to experience in an abortive manner this 

same impulse. Thus, we may say that, with the development of the 


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