Male Anxieties: Nerve Force, Nation, and the Power of Sexual Knowledge

  • Sabine Frühstück


In the fall of 1929, a Kyōto-based journal for popular medicine reported that the dean of sexology, Habuto Eiji, had committed suicide after having long suffered from neurasthenia (shinkei suijaku).1 A practicing gynecologist, Habuto had been the editor of the sexological journal Seiyoku to Jinsei (Sexual Desire and Humankind), the author of numerous books on sexual issues, and the coauthor, together with Sawada Junjirō, of an abridged Japanese version of Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, entitled Hentai Seiyokuron (1915). He was also involved in the translation of Havelock Ellis’s Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1901–1928), the twenty Japanese-language volumes of which were advertised under the title Sei no Shinri (see figure 2.1) as early as 1927.


Sexual Desire Premature Ejaculation Sexual Knowledge Sexual Potency Military Surgeon 
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