In western medicine during the nineteenth century, spermatorrhea was regarded as a medical disorder with corrupting and devastating effects on the mind and body. The cure for spermatorrhea was regarded as enforced chastity and avoidance of masturbation, with circumcision sometimes being used as a treatment for this supposed condition.. Ejaculation is now believed in western medicine to be self-limiting, and incapable of causing ill effects, other than temporary tiredness and reduction of sexual desire in the individual concerned. Spermatorrhea is often seen as a social construct with no basis in medical fact, and an example of a moral panic.
Pathologizing leaky male bodies: spermatorrhea in nineteenth-century british medicine and popular anatomical museums.(Report)
Sep 01, 2008; DR. KAHN's Treatise on the Philosophy of Marriage, in its forty-seventh edition in 1863, follows the convention of many...