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December 21, 1935

Sex Worship and Disease (Phallic Worship): A Scientific Treatise on Sex Worship and its Influence on Religion and Symbolism, with Special Reference to Disease of the Sexual Organs

JAMA. 1935;105(25):2098. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760510070033

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There seems to be little reason for the appearance of a book of this sort even though the author does say that it was written for the physician (called a scientific treatise on the title page) and for his friends. Possibly the many lay friends of the physician, seeking information on that always interesting subject, sex, are meant in particular. The doctor is not forgotten, because the unfortunate victim of venereal disease is cautioned against going to an advertising quack, but to an "M.D." [sic]. Chapters on venereal disease, the evils of masturbation, care of the teeth, cancer of the breast, leukorrhea, a recital of Nero's cruelties and a new deal for women alternate in an irregular fashion with discourses on phallic worship, the anatomy of the generative organs, prostitution, marriage customs, birth control and early marriages among the Hindus. The information is too fragmentary to be of any value

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