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February 1959


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(2):266. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340140132019

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This book was published first some twenty years ago. The main feature of this edition is a new epilogue in which the problems explored in the book are again examined but in a different frame of reference. In this manner, the epilogue is a bit like psychotherapy, in which data already known are reexamined and reinterpreted in the light of a more comprehensive view of the world. Because my own intersts are primarily in the area of the new epilogue, I shall comment mainly upon this aspect of the book.

The book as a whole reports upon an anthropological investigation of a New Guinea tribe characterized by an elaborate system of ceremonies (naven) carried out as an aspect of the relation between men and their sisters' sons. This ceremony appears to be a sort of ritual evaluation of significant events in the life of the nephew; generally it has a

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