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August 21, 1972

Perspectives on Violence

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The Medical-Moral Newsletter Baltimore


edited by Gene Usdin, 161 pp, $7.50, Butterworths (Brunner/Mazel, Publishers), 1972.

JAMA. 1972;221(8):921. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200210065034

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Inherent in every man is the capacity to behave aggressively and violently. Consequently, the history of man is laced with innumerable episodes of individual, group, and national violence. Until recently, only a few people were sufficiently concerned about destructive human aggression to make a serious study of what sparks it and what could be done to prevent it. Now that man's capacity to destroy man has been enhanced by technology and altered moral codes, behavioral scientists have been compelled to study human violence in depth.

This book evolved from the program "Alternatives to Violence" presented on May 1, 1971, in Washington, DC, at the annual meeting of the American College of Psychiatrists. It presents the thoughts of a psychiatrist, a historian, a social psychologist, and an anthropologist in relation to violence and aggression. Each participant is eminent in his field and each has the capacity to contribute concepts broader than