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January 30, 1915

Fear and Conventionality.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):461. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310081043

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While not exactly within the field of medicine, this book can be read with profit by physicians, dealing as it does with the psychologic and evolutionary causes of fear and conventionality. The general thesis of the writer is that practically all of the conventions of modern civilization are based on or at least have their parallel in some similar, though often absurd, custom of primitive peoples. While somewhat destructive of one's own conventional ideas regarding good breeding and manners, the intellectual stimulus to be gained from reading the book is worth the risk.

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