Sexual Inversion

Sexual Inversion

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Sexual Inversion

Sexual Inversion

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Although it is scarcely four years since this book was published, it has had a somewhat eventful history. It was favorably received by the medical press on its first publication in London and no attempt was made to bring it before the general public. a prosecution was, however, initiated by the police against a bookseller who sold the book, and the Recorder of London (the late Sir Charles Hall), sitting as a judge, finally decided that it was not a scientific work, and ordered it to be destroyed. It was a deplorable decision from many points of view, though I need scarcely say that I was able to bear with equanimity the recorder’s opinion of my book’s scientific value; I have the satisfaction of knowing that neither in my own country, nor in continental Europe, nor in America, has anyone entitled to an authoritative opinion on the subjects with which I deal pronounced adversely to my book, while, on the other hand, many have spoken in its favor in terms more flattering than I can venture to think that I deserve. At the same time I have no wish to act in opposition to the laws of my country, even as interpreted by amateur experts on the judicial bench, and immediately the issue of the Bedborough case was known I declared my intention not to publish any of the further volumes of my Studies in the Psychology of Sex in England. So far as I have been able to control the matter, I have most strictly adhered to this resolution.

In the meanwhile I proceeded to revise and enlarge my book, aided in this task by many friends and correspondents. Eleven new cases have been added; these are iii, viii, ix, X, xi, xii, xiii, xxvi, xxxv, xxxvi, and xxxvii, some of them being, I consider, of much psychological interest. Many additions and necessary corrections have also been made throughout, though the stand-point and main conclusions re-

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