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May 1942

Our Sex Life. A Guide and Counsellor for Everyone

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;45(5):1036. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500110196030

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This book is written in interesting and comprehensible language. It acquaints the reader with the anatomy and functions of the sex organs and with sex relation in its various aspects. The problems of fertility, sterility, birth control, abortion, prostitution and disturbances of sex life are discussed and treated intelligently.

Unfortunately, the value of the book is considerably lowered by the chapter on venereal diseases. The treatment of chancroid by iodoform is mentioned, but not with sulfanilamide and its derivatives. Numerous outdated and incorrect statements are made, some of which are as follows: Syphilis means probably mutilating disease. Large gummas disappear in a few days after arsphenamine therapy. Approximately one half of all epileptic fits during childhood have a syphilitic basis. Thirty per cent of all mentally inferior children provided for in institutions are syphilitic. Beethoven's deafness was due to hereditary syphilis, and he died at the age of 56 from

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