Paolo Mantegazza (1831-1910) was an extraordinarily versatile scientist: a physiologist, pathologist and hygienist; a traveller, anthropologist, photographer, ethnologist and psychologist. He was constantly in contact with Charles Darwin and he is known in particular for disseminating his theories in Italy. In 1873, he wrote Fisiologia dell’amore
(The Physiology of Love) and he is considered a great innovator also in the field of sexuality and hygiene.
Besides offering a view over the life and work of Mantegazza, who also was a member of the Parliament and the Senate of the Kingdom of Italy, Monika Antes’ essay presents, for the first time, the scientist as a pioneer of sexology, describing his revolutionary discoveries and theories in the field of heterosexual love and marriage as an institution.
Original edition: Die Vermessung der Liebe. Paolo Mantegazza (1831-1910) und seine bahnbrechenden Entdeckungen
, Verlag Königshausen & Neumann GmbH, Würzburg 2012
1st Italian edition: March 2013 (translation by Riccardo Nanini)PDF format