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The Sexual Question A Scientific, psychological, hygienic and sociological study   By: (1848-1931)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. In this e text, bold is represented =like this=. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

THE SEXUAL QUESTION

A SCIENTIFIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, HYGIENIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY

BY AUGUST FOREL, M.D., PH.D., LL.D. Formerly Professor of Psychiatry at and Director of the Insane Asylum in Zurich (Switzerland)

ENGLISH ADAPTATION FROM THE SECOND GERMAN EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED

BY C.F. MARSHALL, M.D., F.R.C.S. Late Assistant Surgeon to the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London

ILLUSTRATED

REVISED EDITION

[Illustration]

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS BOOK COMPANY HENRY AND PACIFIC STREETS 1931

Copyright, 1906 Copyright, 1922

OWNED BY PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS BOOK CO.

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

This book is the fruit of long experience and reflection. It has two fundamental ideas the study of nature, and the study of the psychology of man in health and in disease.

To harmonize the aspirations of human nature and the data of the sociology of the different human races and the different epochs of history, with the results of natural science and the laws of mental and sexual evolution which these have revealed to us, is a task which has become more and more necessary at the present day. It is our duty to our descendants to contribute as far as is in our power to its accomplishment. In recognition of the immense progress of education which we owe to the sweat, the blood, and often to the martyrdom of our predecessors, it behoves us to prepare for our children a life more happy than ours.

I am well aware of the disproportion which exists between the magnitude of my task and the imperfections of my work. I have not been able to study as much as should be done the innumerable works which treat of the same subject. Others, better versed than myself in the literature of the subject, will be able later on to fill this regrettable lacuna. I have endeavored, above all things, to study the question from all points of view, in order to avoid the errors which result from any study which is made from one point of view only. This is a thing which has generally been neglected.

I must express my thanks to my friend, Professor Mahaim , and especially to my publisher and cousin, S. Steinheil , for the help and excellent advice which they have given me in the revision of my work; also to Professor Boveri , who has been kind enough to revise the figures, 1 to 17.

DR. A. FOREL.

Chigny près Morges (Suisse).

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

The text of the first edition has been revised and corrected, but, apart from some points of detail, the subject matter has not been changed. The examples at the end of Chapter V (First Edition) no longer form a special appendix; they have been included in the parts of the book which specially concern them; some of them have been omitted as being superfluous.

In the domain with which we are concerned the French public are too much afraid, I think, of crudities and of calling things by their proper name. By veiled words and by indirect locution one may say anything, but I have decided not to employ such subterfuges in treating of such a vital social question with the seriousness that it requires... Continue reading book >>




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