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August 17, 1929

The Physiology of Love.

JAMA. 1929;93(7):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710070065030

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Here is a strange work in the field of human physiology— an admixture of freudianism, physiology, poetry, dithyrambic and erotic imaginings, sexual exultations and what not. The author has set forth his philosophy of the sexual life, which pictures woman as a parasite made neverthless for the sexual relief of man. Presumably the author has read some of Freud since his views reveal freudian inclinations; presumably he has read Havelock Ellis since he seems to aim at the lyric qualities of the Ellis prose. The result is a caricature of scientific writing, an object of curiosity in the field of literature, much as a perpetual priapism might be interesting but nevertheless pathologic and after a while tiresome.

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