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February 1978

A Clinical Perspective on Incest

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120270021001

When I first became interested in reading about incest behavior, as a result of participating in the evaluation of several families in which father-daughter incest had occurred,1 I encountered a surprising stumbling block in the university library. The only substantial scholarly work on incest available at that time, S. K. Weinberg's Incest Behavior,2 was not only a noncirculating book, but it could be looked at only by appointment in a particular room under the watchful eye of a librarian. My arguments that I was a fully credentialed faculty member and clinician who could be counted on not to deface, steal, or become carnally aroused by the book, and who should therefore be allowed to study it at my leisure, were to no avail. Like Lady Chatterly's Lover, the content at that time was apparently considered "too hot" to be released into private hands.

The opening words of Weinberg's

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