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Sexual Sadism: Current Diagnostic Vagueness and the Benefit of Behavioral Definitions

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Nitschke, J. ; Mokros, Andreas ; Osterheider, M. ; Marshall, W. L.
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The phenomenon of sexual sadism was first scientifically described by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in 1999 as a sexual preference disorder that focuses on the infliction of suffering, pain, or humiliation to achieve sexual gratification. The present article reviews the historical development of the term sexual sadism, including the current descriptive nosology of psychiatric classification. Despite ...


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