Sadomasochism and Ardent Love: An Historical Perspective

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This short book by award-winning historian Edward Shorter explores the popular appeal of erotica and the allure of sadomasochism. Shorter, author of 'Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire chronicles the history of SM, a practice which is a recent addition to the tool kit of sexual pleasure and refutes the notion that it is about pain. More
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About Edward Shorter

A social historian of medicine, Professor Shorter has published widely in the field of psychiatry and psychopharmacology. His recent publications include Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire (2005) nominated for the prestigious literary prize The Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction; A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry (2005); Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness (co-author David Healy, 2007); Before Prozac: The Troubled History of Mood Disorders.

In 1995 Professor Shorter won the Jason A. Hannah Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era (1992), and in 2000 he was again honored with the Hannah Medal for A History of Psychiatry from the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac (1997). He earned his Ph.D at Harvard and he has been the Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine at University of Toronto since 1991.

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Reviews of Sadomasochism and Ardent Love: An Historical Perspective by Edward Shorter

C. Nash reviewed on May 23, 2012

The difficult topic of S&M discussed in this work may be shocking to much of the book-reading public. Kudos to Edward Shorter for having the courage and foresight to use his skills and passion as a seasoned historian of medicine and psychiatry to delve deeply into its mysteries and contradictions. Hopefully, this work by Shorter is just the beginning of further academic insight on S&M.
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joanevelyn reviewed on May 21, 2012

Ana of "Fifty Shades of Grey" should have read Edward Shorter's book "Sadomasochism and Ardent Love". She would have learned a great deal and saved herself a lot of emotional turmoil.

Shorter, a compelling writer and medical historian with many books to his credit, has given us a well written and informative guide to this topic.
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Belle De Jour reviewed on May 20, 2012

This important guide sets the record straight on the Fifty Shades phenom. We're no more dealing with women embracing an abuse fantasy than women dressing up in seamed stockings and girdles as a wholesale endorsement of the pre-feminist 50s. The key distinction is consensuality and choice -- including the choice of consciously relinquishing control. Hightly recommended for putting the series into a proper social and historical context.
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