Curiositates Eroticæ Physiologiæ; Or, Tabooed Subjects Freely Treated

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byJohn Davenport

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... What appears, however, as a still greater marvel is that these very insects which can thus breed, independently of coition, can copulate quite as well when they take the fancy so to do. The aquatic worm called the polyp or polypus possesses much greater and more astonishing means whereby to propagate its species. As a tree shoots forth its branches so does the polypus send forth young polyps which, as soon as they have attained a certain growth, detach themselves from the parent trunk, but these, often before so separating themselves, throw out new ones, and all these descendants of different degrees remain attached to their ancestor. Reamur found, with the greatest certainty, that this increase of family was effected without any kind of copulation whatever. But this will cease to astonish, when it is placed beyond the possibility of a doubt, that an animal exists which for the purpose of propagating its species only requires to be divided or cut into several parts; the portions so cut off, and to which the head adheres, produces a tail, while that to which the tail adheres produces a head, and those portions which are deprived of both, when again severed, produce both. The real hydra, much more wonderful than the fabulous one, when split into two parts throughout its entire length, and then mutilated in every possible way, is soon repaired, each independent portion becoming a new animal.* With respect to the important question which posture is the best for coition, whether the object be that of begetting children, or that of mere animal gratification, the opinions of *See Philos. Transac. No. 467. medical men and of physiologists are divided. Nature herself, however, has taught both sexes those postures which are allowable because contributing to gener...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... What appears, however, as a still greater marvel is that these very insects which can thus breed, independently of coition, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217825427

ISBN - 13:9780217825429

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