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Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing was an Austro–German psychiatrist and author of Psychopathia Sexualis.
This tome was a seminal book in the field of psychiatry, as it introduced physicians, psychiatrists and judges to more than 200 case studies of fetishism, sadism, masochism (terms the author coined) , homosexuality, transvestism, nymphomania, necrophilia, pederasty, coprophilia, bestiality, exhibitionism and incest.
Before his work all of these fields of sexuality were considered “perversions”. Krafft-Ebing’s study started a discussion about these ways of sexual expression, targeted to medical professors and researchers. This is why its most sordid details are written in Latin, “in order to exclude the lay reader.”
“Τhe object of this treatise is merely to record the various psychopathological manifestations of sexual life in man and to reduce them to their lawful conditions,” writes Krafft-Ebing in his introduction of the first edition.
Check out the pictures below, taken from Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing’s private papers.