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November 2, 1957

The Hill of Venus

JAMA. 1957;165(9):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270128043

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Abstract

This is the newest series of poems by a Boston psychiatrist, who has a total of 14 books of "sonnets" to his credit. A few titles of individual verses best describe the contents: "I Doubt If Pullman Porters Ever Tell Each Other the Sad Stories They Know";"She Was the Praying Mantis Sort of Wife"; and "It Was Easy to Understand: She Was Excited." No doubt some physicians will enjoy this type of reading; some of their pleasure will be derived from trying to "psychoanalyze" the author. One of the verses seems particularly appropriate:

There is such a thing as trying too hard, And I have known people to fail because of it.

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