Sexual inversion / by Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939

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Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
Homosexuality.; Paraphilias.; Sex (Psychology)
"It was not my intention to publish a study of an abnormal manifestation of the sexual instinct before discussing its normal manifestations. It has happened, however, that this part of my work is ready first, and, since I thus gain a longer period to develop the central part of my subject, I do not regret the change of plan. I had not at first proposed to devote a whole volume to sexual inversion. It may even be that I was inclined to slur it over as an unpleasant subject, and one that it was not wise to enlarge on. But I found in time that several persons for whom I felt respect and admiration were the congenital subjects of this abnormality. At the same time I realized that in England, more than in any other country, the law and public opinion combine to place a heavy penal burden and a severe social stigma on the manifestations of an instinct which to those persons who possess it frequently appears natural and normal. It was clear, therefore, that the matter was in special need of elucidation and discussion. This book attempts to address the ignorance that exists regarding the subject of sexual inversion. All those portions of the book which are of medical or medicolegal interest, including most of the cases, have appeared during the last three years in the Alienist and Neurologist, the Journal of Mental Science, the Centralblatt fr Nervenheilkunde, the Medicolegal Journal and the Archivo delle Psicopatie Sensuale. The cases, as they appear in the present volume, have been slightly condensed, but nothing of genuine psychological interest has been omitted"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)
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