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January 29, 1973

The Human Agenda

Author Affiliations

Sunset Beach, Calif


by Roderic Gorney, 698 pp, $12.95, Simon & Schuster, 1972.

JAMA. 1973;223(5):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220050062040

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The author, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, has invested much in this volume. "The world, past, present, and future, as seen by the writer" would be a suitable subtitle, but often he seems to say "This is the way it is" instead of "This is the way / see it." It is an intimate book, a personal book, and cannot be reviewed or criticized without revealing the biases, attitudes, and opinions of reviewer and author.

The initial section is a nicely done summary of evolution as held until recent years, and includes man's conceptual developments as part of the evolutionary process. The author gives more than a hundred pages to his comments on current wild and weird speculations about birth, death, the brain, cloning, cryonic immortality, gene manipulations, the redundancy of the male in a parthenogenetic society, and such matters.

The second section, "Love, Work, and Play Revisited," is a superior attempt