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Psychopathia Sexualis: The Case Histories

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  25 reviews
First published in Germany in 1886, Psychopathia Sexualis was extremely successful as both a classic reference volume for psychiatrists and as a new form of pornographic literature for the sexually transgressive and perverse. Printed in seven languages and twelve editions during the author's lifetime, it was an influence on such notable figures as Sigmund Freud (a younger ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Wet Angel Books (first published 1886)
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Olethros
-Innovador entonces, pintoresco ahora.-

Género. Ensayo (por denominarlo de alguna manera que no añada más etiquetas al blog, pero en realidad es un estudio clínico y forense, o al menos lo que se entendía como tal hace más de ciento veinticinco años).

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de casos (desde una perspectiva “clínica” para su tiempo) de comportamientos sexuales que van de lo no común a lo penal entonces y ahora, pasando por lo pintoresco, lo enfermizo y lo raro, descritos por un médico a fin
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Theresa
...I don't know how to be coherent in regard this book, so here's a list of adjectives:

Interesting, depressing, dated, occasionally unintentionally hilarious ("She had always been indifferent towards men. In fact, she avoided balls.") and of course: disturbing.

I'm still unsure of what the value of this book was for me. I just sat and read a whole bunch of horrible facts but don't feel like I particularly learned anything..."enriching" is not how I would describe this.
Donald
Oct 21, 2007 Donald rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Select Readers
This collection of case studies from the 1800s is fascinating at times, but overall is a little too depressing and disturbing for most readers. It does represent another clear example of "nothing new under the sun," but realizing that some of our great-great-great grandparents were as perverted as anyone in our modern society is not a comforting thought. I would only recommend this book to those who are truly interested in the subject.
Jen
I thought it was hilarous that in the store this book was shelved amid all the hot-pink and red books of sex tips. Victorian-era case studies of sexual "dysfunction" probably will not spice up one's love life, despite the tacit claims made by the sexy cover (which, incidently, is an image from a not-very-good movie based on a handful of case studies).
Kevin
I absolutely loved this book. Especially amusing are all of the "scientific" theories, which clearly have religious motivations or at least are largely tinted by that period's views of what is and isn't moral, normal, etc.
James
Highly interesting case studies and observations of sexuality and sexual dysfunction in the 1800's.
Erika
My, rating old books is hard. Alright, basically this whole book is made of case histories focusing on people's different sexual pathologies. Who these people are is unkmown, and I get the feeling most of them were not Krafft-Ebing's patients, but instead cases picked up from newspapers, closed criminal cases and hearsay from all over the world. I mean, he goes as far as classifying Jack the Ripper's case.

This is a completely outdated book and it's only value is serving as a reference of how mor
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sologdin
Central text on the history of paraphilia, coins key terminology (masochism, sadism) and reapplies older (fetishism). Much space spent on the analysis of "inversion" or "antipathy," what we would designate as homosexual or non-heteronormative, at least. This latter presentation would come across as arriere garde now, as it seeks to subsume homosexuality within a model of mental health. This should be regarded, probably, as a progressive development at the time because his argument concerns the r ...more
Bruno K
"Caso 17
DEGRADACIÓN DE LAS MUJERES

Un anciano hacía que su mujer se vistiese con un traje de baile muy escotado y se acostara sobre un sofá situado en una sala brillantemente iluminada. Tras situarse en la puerta de la oscura habitación de lado, fuera de la vista de su mujer, corría y saltaba sobre ella rebosante de excitación y defecaba encima de sus pechos. Esto le hacía eyacular."

Aunque en el libro, escrito en 1886, es evidente la presencia de un moralismo cristiano y de una satanización de a
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Bill
Dec 03, 2008 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychology students, perverts
Recommended to Bill by: A drunken friend
Shelves: reference
Oh my. I read this book in 1968: - a friend, very drunk at the time, gave it to me and suggested I look it over. I was only 21 and was stunned and floored by the incredible variety of sexual perversions practiced by our fellow humans. Many of the situations were so bizarre, I had difficulty in believing someone could actually find them sexually stimulating. If one overlooks the strange nature of human sexuality, a disturbing picture of human behavior emerges. What informs these people's sexual a ...more
Chris Farrington
When you begin to read this you are immediately thrust back in time to the Victorian Era, the language and the moralizing, which is heavy with Judeo-Christian morality. The case studies are barely scientific by todays standards but they give an essential peek back at the early days of what is considered "modern" psychology. The shame of the book and it author did not find any middle ground between "lovers biting and horseplay" labeling everything else pathology. I recommend Havelock Ellis Analys ...more
Thomas
I can't say I read this from cover to cover. It's interesting to look at to see how backwards psychoanalysis is, and to see how primitive our understanding of sexual offenders and sexual dysfunction was only a century ago. That being said, you won't find any great intellectual breakthroughs here, you will find all sorts of offensiveness around gay/bi/trans issues, and mostly you'll be bored rather than aroused. Overall, a fun coffee-table curiosity for the perverse.
Jennifer Kincheloe
Great medical reference book on sexual deviance as understood in 1906. The author wrote much of it in Latin, so as to protect this scholarly work from the wrong eyes.

Interesting and helpful for researching for my book, "The Secret Life of Anna Blanc," an homage to old Los Angeles inspired by Alice Stebin Wells, an LAPD police matron, who in 1910, became the first woman in the Western world to be granted police powers.
Jessica Hanak
I really enjoyed this book. It does take an acquired demented taste to read it through, considering most of the cases are pretty twisted(i.e. bestiality, necrophilia). I have always had a fascination with human depravity, so it was very easy for me to stomach. If you are prudish or weak of heart, don't bother. If you are curious and not easily rattled, I say go for it and give it a read.
Susan
The motherlode of wacky victorian sexological lore and lingo: antipathic sexual inversion, eviration, demination, metamorphosis sexualis paranoica--how can you not love this stuff? Krafft-Ebing thought native two-spirit people became feminized by wanking off too much. More research for my book-in-progress.
Conrad
This book's readership is probably a self-selecting bunch. If you read it, you were going to like it no matter what, and if you didn't, then you probably never will. As far as catalogs go, though, it beats J. C. Penny in that everything in it is more or less free.
Jeannie
The case studies were fascinating but how many do I have to read before I believe there are some truly sick people out there. After the first couple chapters there was no doubt in my mind. It was just way over the top for me.
Matthias Williamson
My edition was published in 1998 by Arcade Publishing, it is The Complete English-Language Translation from the Twelfth German Edition by Franklin S. Klaf, M.D., M.P.H.
Mike
Nov 30, 2007 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perverts
back in the good old days before the great hetero/homo binary, there were all kinds of perversions, and krafft-ebing wrote about them all. i laughed, i cried, etc.
Abner
Historical relevance: 4 stars. Style: 3 stars. Scientific insight: 1 star. S&B (Sadness & Beauty): 5 stars. So I'd actually rate it 3.25 stars.
Krotpong
People will have sex with anything. This was one of the first indepth studies of "deviant" human sexual behavior.
Pepper negron
GREAT READ & INFORMATION ... RESEARCH FOR SCREENPLAYS ...
David Tamarin
you can download this free, but it is like 600 pages
Daphne
Weird and kind of hilarious. I never knew they used to give electro-shock therapy to people with 'moustache fetishes'. I didn't know people had moustache fetishes.
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