Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction
The history of aphrodisiacs is fascinating and funny, and John Davenport's book does a fine and scholarly job in its accounting. All manner of animal, vegetable, and mineral has been used in some way to increase (or decrease, as this book discusses) sexual desire, from oysters to rhinoceros horns, chocolate to a tiger's member!
Whether any of this stuff works or not is unknown, and most responses are likely due to the placebo effect. But throughout this book one wonders if it is even sex that people were after, as it seems figures throughout history were always spiking each other's drinks with all manner of weird concoctions, and half the time they wound up dead or crazy. So enjoy, and what ever you do, do not try these recipes without first consulting your witch doctor.
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