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November 1933


Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(5):1191. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240170243022

Anjea is a monstrous blackfellow made by Thunder, who fashions black babies out of swamp mud and puts them at his will into the wombs of women; under this title Mr. Aptekar in this book, which deals with infanticide, abortion and contraception in primitive society, maintains as his thesis that the general civilized attitude, whether favorable or unfavorable toward birth control, is as naive, mythological and primitive as that of the Australian blackfellow. As an approach to the problem he raises the following questions: Is this form of social behavior common to all mankind? Has it always existed? Does it have the same meaning everywhere; i. e., does one always find the same psychologic relation to it? What part does reflective thinking play as a factor conditioning voluntary restriction of numbers? How do the various uses so unified conceptually act on the phases of life and cultural growth, and on

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