This chapter features the first half of Kaan’s Psychopathia Sexualis. It begins with examinations of sexual systems in plant and animal life, eventually narrowing the discussion down to sexual development in the human body. Along with illustrating the biological distinctions between the sexes, the chapter also discusses the psychological development of human beings, particularly as it occurs around puberty. These foreground a more detailed look into human sexual instinct and sexual deviations, from whence the chapter introduces the term Psychopathia sexualis to mean a collection of these sexual aberrations, classified as “a disease of the imagination that emanates from the sexual system and reflects back on itself.”
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