Undinism A Study of a Bizarre But Not Unnatural Eccentricity Involving a Sexual Interest in Urine, Urination, Seeing Others Urinate, Etc. front cover

Front cover for Undinism A Study of a Bizarre But Not Unnatural Eccentricity Involving a Sexual Interest in Urine, Urination, Seeing Others Urinate, Etc.

By D.O. Cauldwell, M.D., Sc. D.
Published in 1950 by E. Haldeman-Julius

D. O. Cauldwell was a retired physician who became a prolific author and well known sexologist. This book’s publisher, E. Haldeman-Julius, was known for pamphlets covering a variety of taboo topics. These pamphlets were sold cheaply and were quite popular in their time. They were also printed using the cheapest materials possible. My copy is a good example of the lack of care given to printing. Even after it was trimmed, one of this book’s folios remained folded forcing a previous owner to tear the pages apart to read the text.

Undinism begins with an introduction that explains what undinism is and makes the point that it is a common part of sexuality. Cauldwell then discusses undinism as it relates to childhood, its causes, and undinistic voyeurism.

It is here that the book begins to get really interesting, as the rest of the text oscillates between letters, Cauldwell’s responses, and other undinistic topics. Cauldwell discusses such topics as undinistic sexuality among the elderly, urine drinking, golden showers, dominance, masochism, and so on. Surprisingly, voyeuristic interest in animal urination is a theme that appears repeatedly. One of the book’s best moments is Cauldwell’s admission that he unsuccessfully attempted to give his wife a golden douche. While many of Cauldwell’s ideas are antiquated, the views he expresses in Undinism are surprisingly progressive and frank.

Given the cultural and legal environment of the time this book was published, this book is surprisingly frank. While Cauldwell hides behind his status as an M.D., this book is clearly designed to titillate.