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Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
(14 Aug 1840 - 22 Dec 1902)

German neurologist and neuropsychiatrist.


Science Quotes by Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing (5 quotes)

Sexual instinct—as emotion, idea, and impulse—is a function of the cerebral cortex. Thus far no definite region of the cortex has been proved to be exclusively the seat of sexual sensations and impulses.
— Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Psychopathia Sexualis: With Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1886), trans. Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1892), 24.
Science quotes on:  |  Brain (105)  |  Cortex (2)  |  Sex (31)

The weakness of men in comparison with women lies in the great intensity of their sexual desires. Man becomes dependent upon woman, and the more, the weaker and more sensual he becomes; and this just in proportion as he becomes neuropathic.
— Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Psychopathia Sexualis: With Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1886), trans. Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1892), 14.
Science quotes on:  |  Men (12)  |  Sex (31)  |  Women (5)

Too early and perverse sexual satisfaction injures not merely the mind, but also the body; inasmuch as it induces neuroses of the sexual apparatus (irritable weakness of the centres governing erection and ejaculation; defective pleasurable feeling in coitus), while, at the same time, it maintains the imagination and libido in continuous excitement.
— Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Psychopathia Sexualis: With Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1886), trans. Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1892), 189.
Science quotes on:  |  Imagination (125)  |  Mind (266)  |  Neurosis (6)  |  Sex (31)

While up to this time contrary sexual instinct has had but an anthropological, clinical, and forensic interest for science, now, as a result of the latest investigations, there is some thought of therapy in this incurable condition, which so heavily burdens its victims, socially, morally, and mentally. A preparatory step for the application of therapeutic measures is the exact differentiation of the acquired from the congenital cases; and among the latter again, the assignment of the concrete case to its proper position in the categories that have been established empirically.
— Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Psychopathia Sexualis: With Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1886), trans. Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1892), 319.
Science quotes on:  |  Anthropology (31)  |  Clinical (2)  |  Investigation (81)  |  Sex (31)  |  Therapy (9)

With respect of the development of physiological love, it is probable that its nucleus is always to be found in an individual fetich (charm) which a person of one sex exercises over a person of the opposite sex.
— Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Psychopathia Sexualis: With Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Legal Study (1886), trans. Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1892), 17.
Science quotes on:  |  Love (62)  |  Sex (31)


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