November 1989

Child Sexual Abuse: A Handbook for Health Care and Legal Professionals

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by D. H. Schetky and A. H. Green, 264 pp, $27.50, New York, NY, Brunner/Mazel Publishers, 1988.

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(11):1304. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150230062024

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Child Sexual Abuse, A Handbook for Health Care and Legal Professionals is an excellent resource for the professional interested in improving his or her database and skills in caring for sexually abused children. This concise volume, less than 300 pages, is readable and well referenced. As the excerpt below illustrates, the introduction begins with some interesting cultural comments regarding child sexual abuse in general and incest in particular:

Sociological reasons for the [incest] taboo stem from the need to strengthen the tribe through new alliances. This was very simply and eloquently stated to Margaret Mead by an elderly member of the Arapesh of New Guinea, who replied in response to her query about incest, 'What, you would like to marry your sister! Don't you want a brother-in-law? Don't you realize that if you marry another man's sister and another man marries your sister, you will have at least two brothers-in-law

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