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September 4, 1937

Sexual Power

JAMA. 1937;109(10):816-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780360064030

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Abstract

The advertisement for this book states that it is "a book on sex written primarily to help men understand fully the factors which determine male sex efficiency." In other words it is a book intended for the public, and it is therefore not surprising that it contains no new scientific matter and that whatever scientific material it contains can readily be found in the standard works on the subject. But even as a book for the general public, it has marked and serious defects. How, for instance, is an ordinary nonmedical mortal supposed to understand that the brain center sends impulses to the erection center in the spinal cord, and that this in turn sends impulses to the arteries and muscular structures in the penis? The book is full of statements of this kind, and the occasional illustrations do not help matters much. Aside from all this, some of the

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