Vitalism in History Bibliography May 1996

Query From Gabrielle Sharp Gabrielle G. 10 May 1996

While examining the writings of Margaret Sanger, I have come across quite a few references to vitalism in her arguments against masturbation. Although I have a few references to vitalism in British history, I was wondering if anyone could help me with secondary sources regarding it and associated ideas(such as spermatic economy,etc) within an American history context. The time period I am especially concerned with is the late 19th century to the end of the 1920s. But any references outside of that would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help offered.


Barker-Benfield, G.J. The Horrors of the Half-Known Life

Friedman, Estelle and D'Emilio, John Sexual Matters

Haller, Edward The Physician and Sexuality in Victorian America

Mason, Michael The Making of Victorian Sexuality

Russert, Cynthia Sexual Science

Weeks, Jeffrey Sex, Politics and Society

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