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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

recorded, a certain X., a gentleman engaged in business in Paris, 

had a predilection for exhibiting himself in churches, more 

especially in Saint-Roch. He was arrested several times for 

exposing his sexual organs here before ladies in prayer. In this 

way he finally ruined his commercial position in Paris and was 

obliged to establish himself in a small provincial town. Here 

again he soon exposed himself in a church and was again sent to 

prison, but on his liberation immediately performed the same act 

in the same church in what was described as a most imperturbable 

manner. Compelled to leave the town, he returned to Paris, and in 

a few weeks' time was again arrested for repeating his old 

offense in Saint Roch. When examined by Garnier, the information 

he supplied was vague and incomplete, and he was very embarrassed 

in the attempt to explain himself. He was unable to say why he 

chose a church, but he felt that it was to a church that he must 

go. He had, however, no thought of profanation and no wish to 

give offense. "Quite the contrary!" he declared. He had the sad 

and tired air of a man who is dominated by a force stronger than 

his will. "I know," he added, "what repulsion my conduct must 

inspire. Why am I made thus? Who will cure me?" (P. Garnier, 

"Perversions Sexuelles," _Comptes Rendus_, International Congress 

of Medicine at Paris in 1900, _Section de Psychiatrie_, pp. 

433-435.) 

 

In some cases, it would appear, the impulse to exhibitionism may 

be overcome or may pass away. This result is the more likely to 

come about in those cases in which exhibitionism has been largely 

conditioned by chronic alcoholism or other influences tending to 

destroy the inhibiting and restraining action of the higher 

centers, which may be overcome by hygiene and treatment. In this 

connection I may bring forward a case which has been communicated 

to me by a medical correspondent in London. It is that of an 

actor, of high standing in his profession and extremely 

intelligent, 49 years of age, married and father of a large 

family. He is sexually vigorous and of erotic temperament. His 

general health has always been good, but he is a high-strung, 

neurotic man, with quick mental reactions. His habits had for a 

long time been decidedly alcoholic, but two years ago, a small 

quantity of albumen being found in the urine, he was persuaded to 

leave off alcohol, and has since been a teetotaller. Though 

ordinarily very reticent about sexual matters, he began four or 

five years ago to commit acts of exhibitionism, exposing himself 

to servants in the house and occasionally to women in the 

country. This continued after the alcohol had been abandoned and 

lasted for several years, though the attention of the police was 

never attracted to the matter, and so far as possible he was 

quietly supervised by his friends. Nine months after, the acts of 

exhibitionism ceased, apparently in a spontaneous manner, and 

there has so far been no relapse. 

 

Exhibitionism is an act which, on the face of it, seems nonsensical and 


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