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July 1933

The Psychological Effects of Menstruation.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(1):239-240. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240130247020

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To the reader familiar with freudian terminology and convinced of the adequacy of the psychoanalytic hypothesis, this book will prove interesting. One not well versed in the technical language of the analyst, however, will find it almost unintelligible. It is the author's purpose to determine the psychologic mechanisms associated with menstruation by a research into the symptoms which arise or become aggravated during the monthly period, by a study of the associated phenomena of transference, by an analysis of the dreams and fantasies which appear at that time and by a survey of the sociologic influences affecting the menstruating girl.

The book opens with a historical review of the subject, stressing particularly the ideas of horror and guilt which have surrounded the menstrual period from the earliest times, pointing out the taboos and superstitions to which these ideas have led, and tracing their residuals in many contemporary thoughts on the

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