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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
FOOTNOTES
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not enough to ascertain the needs of the husband; it is also necessary to 

ascertain the needs of the wife. The resultant must be a harmonious 

adjustment of these two groups of needs. That consideration alone, in 

conjunction with the wide variations of individual needs, suffices to 

render any definite rules of very trifling value. 

 

It is important to remember the wide limits of variation in 

sexual capacity, as well as the fact that such variations in 

either direction may be healthy and normal, though undoubtedly 

when they become extreme variations may have a pathological 

significance. In one case, for instance, a man has intercourse 

once a month and finds this sufficient; he has no nocturnal 

emissions nor any strong desires in the interval; yet he leads an 

idle and luxurious life and is not restrained by any moral or 

religious scruples; if he much exceeds the frequency which suits 

him he suffers from ill-health, though otherwise quite healthy 

except for a weak digestion. At the other extreme, a happily 

married couple, between forty-five and fifty, much attached to 

each other, had engaged in sexual intercourse every night for 

twenty years, except during the menstrual period and advanced 

pregnancy, which had only occurred once; they are hearty, 

full-blooded, intellectual people, fond of good living, and they 

attribute their affection and constancy to this frequent 

indulgence in coitus; the only child, a girl, is not strong, 

though fairly healthy. 

 

The cases are numerous in which, on special occasions, it is 

possible for people who are passionately attached to each other 

to repeat the act of coitus, or at all events the orgasm, an 

inordinate number of times within a few hours. This usually 

occurs at the beginning of an intimacy or after a long 

separation. Thus in one case a newly-married woman experienced 

the orgasm fourteen times in one night, her husband in the same 

period experiencing it seven times. In another case a woman who 

had lived a chaste life, when sexual relationships finally began, 

once experienced orgasm fourteen or fifteen times to her 

partner's three times. In a case which, I have been assured may 

be accepted as authentic, a young wife of highly erotic, very 

erethic, slightly abnormal temperament, after a month's absence 

from her husband, was excited twenty-six times within an hour and 

a quarter; her husband, a much older man, having two orgasms 

during this period; the wife admitted that she felt a "complete 

wreck" after this, but it is evident that if this case may be 

regarded as authentic the orgasms were of extremely slight 

intensity. A young woman, newly married to a physically robust 

man, once had intercourse with him eight times in two hours, 

orgasm occurring each time in both parties. Guttceit (_Dreissig 

Jahre Praxis_, vol. ii. p. 311), in Russia, knew many cases in 

which young men of twenty-two to twenty-eight had intercourse 

more than ten times in one night, though after the fourth time 

there is seldom any semen. He had known some men who had 

masturbated in early boyhood, and began to consort with women at 

fifteen, yet remained sexually vigorous in old age, while he knew 

others who began intercourse late and were losing force at forty. 

Mantegazza, who knew a man who had intercourse fourteen times in 

one day, remarks that the stories of the old Italian novelists 

show that twelve times was regarded as a rare exception. 

Burchard, Alexander VI's secretary, states that the Florentine 


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