Mackenzie1 in 1884 presented the first scientific evidence of the existence of a nasogenital relation. At this time and subsequently, in 1898,2 he reviewed in a classical manner the allusions of the amatory and erotic literature and folklore of the past to such a functional association. A brief digest of some of these earlier beliefs, which possess striking historical interest, is presented.
In the Ayur-Veda, the sacred medical classic of the ancient Hindus, indulgence in venery headed the list of causes of nasal catarrh. The term "bride's cold" suggests this point of view. The size and shape of the nose in man were regarded by the early physiognomists as an index of the size of the genitalia. Noses of adulterers were amputated. In astrology Venus was supposed to govern the nose and to preside over generation. Kaspar Bartholin related that Duns Scotus pretended to be able to diagnose virginity by