I’ve just found an entry on PubMed for a curious sounding case study:
An unusual perversion: the desire to be injured by an automobile operated by a woman.
American Journal of Psychiatry. 1960 May;116:1032.
I imagine it caused havoc during rush hour.
Unfortunately, the paper doesn’t have a summary, and I’m not able to access back issues of the AJP at the moment, so it will have to remain a mystery for the time being.
Link to PubMed entry.
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J.G. Ballard’s novel Crash was published in 1973. Maybe he had come across that 1960 journal article and it inspired him.