In Obs. I, a clergyman, æt. 36, was accused of indecency with boys under his care. The accused had a neurotic and alcoholic ancestry, and was himself mentally unstable, emotional, and ethically defective, showing an absolute inability to appreciate the immorality of his conduct; he presented stigmata of degeneracy. His sexual history began with solitary and mutual onanism, the sexual impulse subsequently becoming directed exclusively to pubescent boys; there was intense aversion to women. Sexual desire was abnormally strong. The first medical report affirmed that the accused was a degenerate and a sexual invert, that he had acted in obedience to an irresistible impulse, and was therefore irresponsible. Krafft-Ebing, as delegate of the medical faculty of Vienna, to whom the case was further referred, agreed in this opinion. It is stated that under hydropathic and hypnotic treatment the patient's neurosis considerably improved.
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