Author : Anonymous

Title : Review of Krafft Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis (1893)

Keywords: Sexology, pathology, evolution, sexual instinct, abnormality, psychiatry, insanity, madness, perversion, alienists, vice, reproduction, medical, physiological.

Review of the English translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis with Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study , which appeared in the British Medical Journal, vol 1 (June 24, 1893) p1325. Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) was a German Professor of Psychiatry, and the work reviewed here, first published in 1886, was one of the first attempts to classify ‘deviant’ sexual behaviour – such as sadism and fetishism – for a medical scientific audience.


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