January 3, 1920

Sex and Sex Worship (Phallic Worship): A Scientific Treatise on Sex, Its Nature and Function, and Its Influence on Art, Science, Architecture, and Religion, with Special Reference to Sex Worship and Symbolism.

JAMA. 1920;74(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620010058034

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This book is largely based on a collection of erotica available prior to 1896. It is a rather miscellaneous collection of material on the psychology of sex, mythologic beliefs, and the relation of sex to primitive religions. There seems to be a general lack of completeness on any single subject, and lack of organization is apparent not only in the individual chapters but also in the work as a whole. For these reasons the book cannot be classed as a contribution to the advance of knowledge on this subject, since it presents practically nothing that is not available elsewhere. It may, however, be of interest to the casual reader. The illustrations are in large part reproductions of old paintings and sculpture

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