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May 22, 1937

Technique of the Love-Act: A Medical Contribution for the Advancement of the Sexo-Physiological Harmony in Marriage

JAMA. 1937;108(21):1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780210068036

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Kama Sutra: The Hindu Science of Love.  By Mallinaga Vagsyayana. Translated from the Sanskrit by Sir Richard Burton. Introduction by Hanns Heinz Ewers. Cloth. Pp. 127, with illustrations by Mahlon Blaine. New York: Medical Press of New York, 1936.These two volumes are promoted to the medical profession with lurid circulars sent direct by mail which give the impression that the volumes offer something extraordinary, titillating and forbidden. They are merely pamphlets bound in solid covers, poorly illustrated and poorly printed, and sold at an excessive price because of the nature of the material that they are alleged to contain. They are obviously not the type of books that are given to small children for their amusement and entertainment. Some may have considerable doubts as to their general distribution even among adults. They do contain suggestions for variation in the sex act and for rituals of excitation which may not occur to many unimaginative or inhibited individuals.

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