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November 1965

Sexual Behavior and the Law.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(5):478-479. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730050092019

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Professor Slovenko provides us with a large omnibus book which deals with one of the major cultural problems of our time, namely the relationship between sexual behavior of individuals of our society and the sanctions which society has established to regulate or prohibit sexual behavior.

Professor Slovenko begins with a statement of his own, a panoramic view of sex and the law, which touches briefly on most of the topics later dealt with in greater detail in the body of the book by the contributing authors, topics ranging from fornication and adultery through miscegenation, fetishism, and legal sterilization. Slovenko's opening statement is followed by 38 individual essays by psychiatrists, lawyers, and other professionals, each expounding and analyzing in detail one particular area of sexual behavior and the laws which relate to it. The central theme of Slovenko and his contributing authors is that in the area

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