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November 12, 1949

Sexual Behavior: Normal and Abnormal

JAMA. 1949;141(11):808-809. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910110060036

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Abstract

The author of this book, the dust jacket informs us, is "an eminent physician and psychologist who has had wide experience as a sexologist and marriage counsellor." The main body of the work is devoted to a discussion of the emotional background and factors which underlie sexual deviations, major and minor. He includes in his list of perversions the rejection by women of the maternal role, which he calls "auto-matricide, and states that this is the greatest perversion of all.

In the early chapters he attempts to show how present day attitudes toward sexual relations develop. In the second chapter, entitled "St. Paul, Judaism and Human Relations," he stops to break a lance with St. Paul in a manner not too effectual. He classes him among "the world's most dangerous sex reactionaries" (p. 26), after a rather spotty, one-sided and superficial consideration of his place and influence on present day

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