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January 1968

Feminine Psychology.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(1):124-125. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740010126018

The publication of this beautifully written volume of papers is most timely. Although dating from 1922 to 1936, they have a surprisingly modern ring and a stimulating pertinence to current problems and interests. The papers center around two general themes; first, a reconsideration of the classical psychoanalytic ideas of female sexual development and, second, an attempt to include in this picture the social factors brought to bear on women and the way in which these combine with individual psychological factors to produce the feminine psychology of our culture. These areas are both subjects of increasing current interest.

The study of female sexuality has been given a strong stimulus by the exceedingly valuable work of Masters and Johnson, who have added to this field a much-needed body of observation where previously a great deal of theory prevailed. Their observations tend to confirm a number of Dr.

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