[Genital self mutilation (author's transl)].

  title={[Genital self mutilation (author's transl)].},
  author={Marc B. Bourgeois},
  journal={Contraception, fertilite, sexualite},
  volume={12 4},
Genital self-mutilation is usually believed to be rare and to be predominantly practiced by men, especially those suffering grave mental illness. Castration occupies a central place in psychoanalytical theory, which suggests various symbols for the supposedly diverse fantasy of castration. A review of the literature revealed only about 60 cases. 3 diagnostic categories have been suggested for such cases: schizophrenics, transvestites or transsexuals, and patients with religious and cultural… CONTINUE READING