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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

most obvious method for obtaining the necessary degree of pleasurable 

sensation lay in utilizing the reservoir of sexual emotion, with which 

channels of communication might already be said to be open through the 

action of the sexual organs on the breasts during pregnancy. The 

voluptuous element in suckling may thus be called a merciful provision of 

Nature for securing the maintenance of the child. 

 

Cabanis seems to have realized the significance of this 

connection as the basis of the sympathy between mother and child, 

and more recently Lombroso and Ferrero have remarked (_La Donna 

Delinquente_, p. 438) on the fact that maternal love has a sexual 

basis in the element of venereal pleasure, though usually 

inconsiderable, experienced during suckling. Houzeau has referred 

to the fact that in the majority of animals the relation between 

mother and offspring is only close during the period of 

lactation, and this is certainly connected with the fact that it 

is only during lactation that the female animal can derive 

physical gratification from her offspring. When living on a farm 

I have ascertained that cows sometimes, though not frequently, 

exhibit slight signs of sexual excitement, with secretion of 

mucus, while being milked; so that, as the dairymaid herself 

observed, it is as if they were being "bulled." The sow, like 

some other mammals, often eats her own young after birth, 

mistaking them, it is thought, for the placenta, which is 

normally eaten by most mammals; it is said that the sow never 

eats her young when they have once taken the teat. 

 

It occasionally happens that this normal tendency for suckling to 

produce voluptuous sexual emotions is present in an extreme 

degree, and may lead to sexual perversions. It does not appear 

that the sexual sensations aroused by suckling usually culminate 

in the orgasm; this however, was noted in a case recorded by 

Fere, of a slightly neurotic woman in whom intense sexual 

excitement occurred during suckling, especially if prolonged; so 

far as possible, she shortened the periods of suckling in order 

to prevent, not always successfully, the occurrence of the orgasm 

(Fere, _Archives de Neurologie_ No. 30, 1903). Icard refers to 

the case of a woman who sought to become pregnant solely for the 

sake of the voluptuous sensations she derived from suckling, and 

Yellowlees (Art. "Masturbation," _Dictionary of Psychological 

Medicine_) speaks of the overwhelming character of "the storms of 

sexual feeling sometimes observed during lactation." 

 

It may be remarked that the frequency of the association between 

lactation and the sexual sensations is indicated by the fact 

that, as Savage remarks, lactational insanity is often 

accompanied by fancies regarding the reproductive organs. 

 

When we have realized the special sensitivity of the orificial regions and 


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