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September 16, 1950

The Sexual Perversions and Abnormalities: A Study in the Psychology of Paraphilia

JAMA. 1950;144(3):282. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920030070041

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This systematic didactic account of the various forms of sexual perversion first appeared in 1940 and was written with clarity and a complete absence of the sensationalism which appears in so many books on this topic. This description is true of the second edition which is nearly twice as large as the first, having been amplified throughout with case histories and theoretic discussion. The data of the Kinsey report and other recent studies have been used, and the author finds justifiable satisfaction in the fact that these observations in general support the conclusions and propositions he had advanced in the earlier edition.

One of the most interesting sections is the first few chapters which discuss the development of sexual instinct in man and animals in a rather general way. Although strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, the author's approach is definitely eclectic, and on moot topics he reviews the various theories and

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