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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION-1.1
INTRODUCTION-1.2
INTRODUCTION-1.3
INTRODUCTION-1.4
INTRODUCTION-1.5
INTRODUCTION-1.6
INTRODUCTION-1.7
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2
THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-3
HISTORY-1-2-3-4
HISTORY-5
HISTORY-6
HISTORY-7-8
HISTORY-9
HISTORY-10-11-12
HISTORY-13-14
HISTORY-15
HISTORY-16-17-18-19
HISTORY-20
HISTORY-21 (begin)
HISTORY-21 (end)
HISTORY-22-23-24
HISTORY-25
HISTORY-26
HISTORY-27
HISTORY-28-29-30-31-32
HISTORY-33
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-3
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-4
HISTORY-34-35-36-37
HISTORY-38
HISTORY-39.1
HISTORY-39.2
HISTORY-39.3
HISTORY-39.4
FOOTNOTES
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-4
FOOTNOTES
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
CONCLUSIONS-1
CONCLUSIONS-2
CONCLUSIONS-3
CONCLUSIONS-4
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B-1
APPENDIX B-2-3-4
INDEX OF AUTHORS

lifelong devotion, love at first sight, etc., seems to me to be 

easily matched by my own experiences in the homosexual form; and, 

with regard to the morality of this complex subject, my feeling 

is that it is the same as should prevail in love between man and 

woman, namely: that no bodily satisfaction should be sought at 

the cost of another person's distress or degradation. I am sure 

that this kind of love is, notwithstanding the physical 

difficulties that attend it, as deeply stirring and ennobling as 

the other kind, if not more so; and I think that for a perfect 

relationship the actual sex gratifications (whatever they may be) 

probably hold a less important place in this love than in the 

other." 

 

 

HISTORY VIII.--M.N., aged 30. "My grandfather might be said to be 

of abnormal temperament, for, though of very humble origin, he 

organized and carried out an extremely arduous mission work and 

became an accomplished linguist, translating the Bible into an 

Eastern tongue and compiling the first dictionary of that 

language. He died, practically of overwork, at the age of 45. He 

was twice married, my father being his third son by the second 

wife. I believe that two, if not more, of the family (numbering 

seven in all) were inverted, and the only one of them to marry 

was my father. My grandmother was the last representative of an 

old and very 'wild' Irish family. She died at an advanced age, of 

paralysis. My father was 36 and my mother 21 at the time of their 

marriage. I was born three years after and was their only child. 

The marriage proved a most unhappy one, they being utterly 

unsuited to each other in every way. 

 

"My father's health during the first years of his marriage was 

very delicate, and I have reason to believe that it had been 

undermined in certain ways by his life abroad. I understand I was 

born with slight gonorrheal affection, and as a child my health 

was very indifferent. This latter may have been brought about by 

the peculiarly unhappy and unnatural life I led. I had no 

companions of my own age, and did not even attend any school 

until after my mother's death. My father superintended my 

education up to that time, and I had free access to a large and 

very varied library, and a great deal of solitary leisure to 

enjoy it in. There were a number of medical and scientific books 

in it, which were my principal favorites, and I remember deciding 

at a very early age to be a doctor. When about 5 years old I 

recollect having a sexual dream connected with a railway porter. 

It afforded me great pleasure to recall this dream, and about 

that time I discovered a method of self-gratification (there is 

not much 'teaching' required in these matters!). 

 

"I cannot say that the dream I have mentioned constituted 

absolutely the first intimation of inverted feeling, but rather 

that it crystallized vague ideas which I might have already had 

on the subject. I can recollect that when about between 3 and 4 

years of age a young fellow of about 20 came to our house several 

times as a visitor. He was fond of children, I suppose, and I 

generally sat on his knee and was kissed by him. This was a 

source of great pleasure to me, but I cannot remember if it was 

accompanied by erection. I can only recall that his attention and 

caresses made a greater impression upon me than those of women. 

When about that age too I was often aroused when sleeping with my 

mother, and told not to lie on my face. I remember that erection 

was always present on these occasions. The dream was the first of 

many of its kind, and in my case they have never been accompanied 

by emission. They have always been of an 'inverted' character, 

though I have occasionally had dreams about women. These latter, 

however, have usually partaken somewhat of the nature of a 

nightmare! 

 

"Up to the age of 14 I felt much perplexed and depressed by my 

views on sexual desire, and was convinced that they were peculiar 

to myself. This, combined with the solitary condition of my 


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