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August 4, 1917

Rational Sex Ethics. A Physiological and Psychological Study of the Sex Lives of Normal Men and Women, with Suggestions for a Rational Sex Hygiene.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(5):402. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590320078034

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In the present flood of literature on sex topics, it is refreshing to find an author who writes from the point of view of the general practitioner and who has endeavored to secure his material from normal persons rather than from the abnormal, the eccentric or the criminal classes. Dr. Robie seeks to discuss some of the perplexing problems of sex relations in a common sense way without obscuring his meaning by the complex terminology and fantastic theories of many writers in this field. He is even able to discuss psychanalysis dispassionately and, without going to the extremes of the freudian enthusiasts, to recognize the value of many of Freud's theories. The numerous case histories given are well selected as illustrations, and in many cases will be recognized as analogous to those encountered by most practicing physicians. While not intended to be either complete or final, Dr. Robie's book can

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