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July 10, 1937

History of Modern Morals

JAMA. 1937;109(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280064035

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The volume is divided into nine chapters, a preface and an epilogue. The chapter concerning the secret of generation is a brief analysis of our present knowledge of genetics. Unfortunately the author accepts much printed material by Steinach, Voronoff, Benjamin and others which is in no sense of the word established. The second chapter is a history of the general attitude toward homosexuality, based largely on the writings of Hirschfeld. Here again the author reveals inability to distinguish between what is mere medical gossip and what is scientifically established. His next chapter concerns the battle against venereal disease followed by chapters on a sex consultation center, a history of birth control, the fight for recognized abortion, sex education, the analysis of the sex tabu and the patriarchate in dissolution. The book is a strange mixture of narrative writings, essays and a certain amount of dependable factual data. In his final

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