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Aphrodisiacs : the science and the myth

Author: P V Taberner
Publisher: London : Croom Helm, ©1985.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Taberner, P.V. (Peter V.).
London : Croom Helm, ©1985
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P V Taberner
ISBN: 0709924771 9780709924777
OCLC Number: 13498436
Description: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Nature of Aphrodisiacs.- What are Aphrodisiacs?.- Aphrodisiacs and the Law.- Advertising Aphrodisiacs.- 2. The Ancient Traditions.- The Hindu Tradition.- China and the Far East.- The Near East.- The Greek Tradition.- The Roman Tradition.- The Arab Tradition.- 3. Magic Charms, Potions and Philtres.- Sex and Magic.- Hippomanes.- Cockle-bread.- Dragon's Blood.- John the Conqueror Root.- Magical Love Charms.- 4. Herbalism and Quackery.- Herbalism.- Witchcraft and the Church.- Vegetable Aphrodisiacs.- Ginseng.- The Legacy of the Herbalists.- Quackery.- Aphrodisiacs in Early Materiae Medicae.- Modern Quackery and Pseudo-science.- 5. The Classical Aphrodisiacs.- Rhinoceros Horn.- Spanish Flies.- The Mandrake.- Alcohol.- 6. The Scientific Approach to Sex and Aphrodisiacs.- Endocrinology of Sexual Function.- The Nature of the Sex Hormones.- Forms of Sexual Inadequacy.- The Origin of the Erection.- Physiology of the Erection and Ejaculation.- Testicular Transplants: the Monkey Gland Story.- The Therapeutic Role of Testosterone.- Prolactin.- Oral Contraceptives and Frigidity.- Use of Sex Hormones as Anaphrodisiacs.- Assessing the Effects of Potential Aphrodisiacs.- The Placebo.- 7. Drugs of Abuse.- Amphetamines.- Cannabis.- Cocaine.- Opium and the Narcotic Analgesics.- Nicotine.- Nitrites.- Nutmeg.- LSD and the Psychedelic Drugs.- Hypnotics and Sedatives.- Kola, Khat and Other Stimulants.- 8. Drugs used Clinically as Aphrodisiacs.- The Use and Limitations of Testosterone.- Yohimbine.- Strychnine.- Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone (LHRH).- Dopamine and Sexual Function.- Serotonin and Sexual Function.- Drugs with Aphrodisiac Side-effects.- Drugs with Anaphrodisiac Side-effects.- 9. Aphrodisiacs in the Future.- Pheromones.- Perfumes.- Aromatherapy.- Bodily Secretions.- Brain Stimulation.- Subliminal Stimulation.- Conclusion.- Appendix 1: List of Aphrodisiacs.- Appendix 2: Effects of Drugs on the Nervous System.
Responsibility: P.V. Taberner.


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