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August 23, 1924

Peculiarities of Behavior. Wandering Mania, Dipsomania, Cleptomania, Pyromania and Allied Impulsive Acts. In two volumes.

JAMA. 1924;83(8):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660080067037

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These two volumes constitute the first of a complete series by Dr. Stekel, who is rather widely known as a writer on psychanalysis as related to medical practice. The present books concern wandering mania, dipsomania, kleptomania, pyromania and allied impulsive acts. Future volumes are to cover the subjects of male impotence, frigidity of women, and psychosexual infantilism. It is, of course, the belief of Dr. Stekel that the sexual life is fundamental to all human activities. From some of the simplest acts of childhood and youth, he traces the disordered actions of the adult. It is, conversely, his belief that a proper direction of the thoughts and actions of childhood will likewise lead to proper mental and social adjustments. He writes in a somewhat exuberant style, and summons to his support a vast literature of cases compiled not only from his own experience, but also from the available medical and

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