De Usu Flagrorum

Tractus de usu flagrorum in re Medica et Veneria is a 1639 treatise by Henricus Meibomius (1590–1655). The English title is A Treatise on the Use of Flogging in Medicine and Venery. It was published by the English publisher Edmund Curll.

Title page of London edition of Meibomius De flagrorum usu, 1665

It is the earliest printed work on the subject, giving accounts of a number of examples.[1] David Savran declared it was the authoritative text on the subject for two hundred years. In it the author, among other things, “rejoice[s]” to know that when someone doing flogging for sexual gratification was found in Germany, they would be burned alive.[2]


  1. ^ Studies in the Psychology of Sex By Havelock Ellis. F. A. Davis co, 1913 p.132 Google Book Search
  2. ^ Jillian Keenan (9 March 2016). "BDSM isn't a right due to lack of "history," Virginia court says". Retrieved 2019-12-30.

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  • English translation Archived 2008-03-11 at the Wayback Machine of the 1718 edition: A treatise of the use of flogging in venerial affairs: also of the office of the loins and reins / by John Henry Meibomius; made English from the Latin original by a physician. To which is added A Treatise of Hermaphrodites (by Giles Jacob). Publisher: E. Curll, London