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Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844)A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality$
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Heinrich Kaan and Benjamin A. Haynes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704604

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704604.001.0001

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Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844)
Benjamin Kahan, Melissa Haynes
Cornell University Press

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.”

Keywords:   Psychopathia Sexualis, sexual systems, puberty, sexual development, sexual instinct, sexual aberrations, sexual deviations, sexual vices

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