In this neurosis the sexual life is very frequently implicated. Contrary sexuality is often developed; and, as in all cases of phenomena arising from a degenerate basis, the manifestations are apt to be open and flagrant. Thus, Giraud tells of,a woman who, in an hysterical attack, administered a narcotic to the family, in order to give her own daughters to her lover for sexual amusement; she looking on while he performed the act. Up to the time of her hemianesthesia, and first convulsive attack, she had been a moral and trustworthy woman; but afterward became a most shameless prostitute; and most writers concur in the opinion that, in all cases of hysteria, the sexual sphere is very largely involved, manifesting its activity either in such gross forms as last outlined, or in the more harmless acts of onanism, lewd encouragement of men, or, as Krafft-Ebing remarks, in such fantastic acts as going about the house naked, wearing male apparel, or smearing the person with fa?ces or urine.*
Schule finds in the malady, frequently, an abnormally intense sexual impulse which disposes girls, and even women, happily married, to pose as Mes-alinas;3 and few medical practitioners do not know of some case of hysteria in which similar abnormal manifestations have occurred, Buch as eloping on the wedding-eve with another man, adulterous liaisons after marriage, or fierce exhibitions of jealousy without a definite cause. Hysterical women, on the whole, make exceedingly dangerous as well as disagreeable wives.