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December 12, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(24):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730240061024

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The German Pediatric Society  At the congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde, held recently in Dresden, the Bonn pediatrician Goett discussed "The Physiology and Pathology of Sexuality in the Child." He surveyed the origin and development of the sex impulse in the child. Even in childhood there may be erotic exhibitions that cannot be entirely separated from sex consciousness. In abnormal paths of development, associations with a given emotion or a certain situation frequently assume an etiologic rôle. In most cases the prognosis of sexual disturbances in children is good. Aberrations of the sex impulse are frequently replaced after puberty by normal trends. Matters pertaining to home training are of especial importance in that connection.Friedjung of Vienna, who has made a special study of the sexuality of the child, considers the manifestations from the standpoint of a follower of Freud. It is difficult to distinguish sharply between the

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