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January 1930

The Physiology of Love.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(1):216. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220070219016

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Abstract

Every neuropsychiatrist has had young people come to him in great distress after they have read pseudoscientific books depicting the terrible consequences of sexual irregularities. "The Physiology of Love" by Dr. Katsainos belongs to this class of books. One can easily see that if this book falls into the hands of naive young persons or even uninformed adults it will cause a great deal of mental anguish and drive the reader to Dr. Katsainos' office for last minute aid against the "irremediable injury" he has incurred.

What clear ideas one can disentagle from the highly bombastic circumstantial style of expression he uses seem to be mostly wrong: that children would never experience a sexual urge if they were not specifically taught by others; that erection in young people when they come to maturity leaves "absolutely no impression on the imagination"; that in human beings the sexual feeling is not instinctive;

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