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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

either disposition or appearance. During intercourse, I am told, 

there is continuous spasmodic contraction of various parts of the 

vagina and vulva." 

The independence of the sexual impulse from the distention of the sexual 

glands is further indicated by the great frequency with which sexual 

sensations, in a faint or even strong degree, are experienced in childhood 

and sometimes in infancy, and by the fact that they often persist in women 

long after the sexual glands have ceased their functions. 

 

In the study of auto-erotism in another volume of these _Studies_ 

I have brought together some of the evidence showing that even in 

very young children spontaneous self-induced sexual excitement, 

with orgasm, may occur. Indeed, from an early age sexual 

differences pervade the whole nervous tissue. I may here quote 

the remarks of an experienced gynecologist: "I venture to think," 

Braxton Hicks said many years ago, "that those who have much 

attended to children will agree with me in saying that, almost 

from the cradle, a difference can be seen in manner, habits of 

mind, and in illness, requiring variations in their treatment. 

The change is certainly hastened and intensified at the time of 

puberty; but there is, even to an average observer, a clear 

difference between the sexes from early infancy, gradually 

becoming more marked up to puberty. That sexual feelings exist 

[it would be better to say 'may exist'] from earliest infancy is 

well known, and therefore this function does not depend upon 

puberty, though intensified by it. Hence, may we not conclude 

that the progress toward development is not so abrupt as has been 

generally supposed?... The changes of puberty are all of them 

dependent on the primordial force which, gradually gathering in 

power, culminates in the perfection both of form and of the 

sexual system, primary and secondary." 

 

There appear to have been but few systematic observations on the 

persistence of the sexual impulse in women after the menopause. 

It is regarded as a fairly frequent phenomenon by Kisch, and also 

by Loewenfeld (_Sexualleben und Nervenleiden_, p. 29). In America, 

Bloom (as quoted in _Medical Standard_, 1896), from an 

investigation of four hundred cases, found that in some cases the 

sexual impulse persisted to a very advanced age, and mentions a 

case of a woman of 70, twenty years past the menopause, who had 

been long a widow, but had recently married, and who declared 

that both desire and gratification were as great, if not greater, 

than before the menopause. 

 

 

 

 


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