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January 1959

Problems of Human Pleasure and Behavior.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(1):167. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270010173030

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This is a collection of essays ranging in time of publication from 1923 to 1956 and running the gamut from sex and society, masturbation, the libido, and the dissolution of objective representation in modern art to a series of biographical sketches of individual persons who have influenced the psychoanalytic movement in one way or the other. Perhaps the most perceptive and sympathetic of these, and surprisingly so, is that of Pavlov, since his views are so radically opposed to those of most psychoanalysts. In this book there is even an excursion into extrasensory perception, which seems to have a very close relationship to certain aspects of the psychoanalytic movement. There is relatively little of the jargon of psychoanalysts. Most papers in this book are readily understandable by the average physician, or at least large parts of them are. There are searching inquiries into discipline and punishment and our rather immature

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