Punch,  19 (1850), 254.

Baron von Reichenbach's Philosophy of a Kiss



Essay, Drollery


Electricity, Magnetism, Physiology, Mesmerism, Spiritualism

    Subtitled 'A Lecture for the Ladies' College', explains that Karl L Reichenbach has, in John Ashburner's translation of his Physico-Physiological Researches, explained the kiss in terms of 'a new force or principle in Nature' which Reichenbach calls 'Od'. Interprets Reichenbach's claim that a kiss is 'not a negation, but a physical and moral negativity' as meaning that a kiss is 'not conferring a favour, but taking a liberty', but presents Mr Punch's case against a kiss being 'negativity in all cases'. Concludes that Reichenbach's theory shows that he is 'little versed in the practice' of kissing.

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