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February 1943

Love Against Hate.

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By Karl Menninger, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 311. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1942.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(2):300. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210020166017

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Abstract

Dr. Menninger's thesis, in brief, seems to be that the restrictions which have grown up under the customs and manners of "civilization" serve early to inculcate hate as a dominant trait of human character. The infant forced to nurse at regular hours and annoyed by attempts to train the excretory habits soon comes to hate his mother. Ingrained hates also develop in women, frustrated in all sorts of ways. The devotee of chess is really a father hater; he is pursuing a dominating male character, the king. This universal hate, if the reviewer understands the author correctly, has much to do with the disabilities of modern life, including the promotion of war. Love, fostered by work and by play, is set forth as an antidote. The reviewer does not follow Dr. Menninger in all the ramifications of his thesis, but he agrees that material and mechanical advances have not solved

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