Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex by Richard von Krafft-EbingPsychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex by Richard von Krafft-Ebing

Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex

byRichard von Krafft-EbingIntroduction byJoseph LoPiccolo

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Preceding Freud’s Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex by more than twenty years, Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis pioneered the psychological study of sexual behavior. This classic nineteenth-century work on sexual aberration addressed such previously taboo subjects as bestiality, cunnilingus and fellatio, fetishism, incest, masochism, masturbation, nymphomania, and sadism, making it the first serious attempt to catalog and define such “deviations.”

For almost one hundred years, Psychopathia Sexualis stood as the world’s most informative volume on the subject of sexual deviation. Arguably the most important precursor to Freud in the study of human sexuality, Krafft-Ebing introduced ideas and concepts that greatly influenced the works of Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson. In his own time Krafft-Ebing was both praised and damned for this volume. Some psychiatrists denounced the work as an immoral apology for perversion and deviance, while others recognized the immense service the author had done for an unjustly neglected area of study. Although sometimes dated by the beliefs and state of knowledge of the time it was written, Psychopathia Sexualis is essential (and immensely entertaining) as one of the most important documents in humankind’s modern effort to understand itself.
Richard von Krafft-Ebing, a German neurologist, was born in 1840 and died in 1902. He is credited with important work on epilepsy, hemicrania, and paralysis agitans, but his continuing fame (and infamy) rests solely on Psychopathia Sexualis.Joseph Lopiccolo is a professor and chairman of the psychology department at the University of M...
Title:Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant SexFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 6.1 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:ArcadeLanguage:English

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