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Stoddart, W.H. (1924). Psycho-Analysis and Gland Personalities: By André Tridon. (Published by Brentano's Ltd., London. 1923. Pp. 248. Price 9 s.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:225.
(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:225
Psycho-Analysis and Gland Personalities: By André Tridon. (Published by Brentano's Ltd., London. 1923. Pp. 248. Price 9 s.
Review by: W. H.B. Stoddart
It is not easy to discern for what class of reader this book is intended, and, since there is no preface, the author does not enlighten us.
There is practically nothing about psycho-analysis except a few remarks here and there saying what a fine thing it is, but that it requires the aid of glandular therapy to complete a cure.
Respecting the functions of the endocrine glands and glandular therapy, the author is extraordinarily dogmatic, whereas the great authorities on this subject are wont to be tentative in their teachings, or even sceptical. But M. Tridon tells us definitely that the thyroid is the gland of emotion, the pituitary is for growth, the adrenals are for pugnacity, the parathyroids are the glands of equilibrium, and so forth.
Occasionally he adds a little on his own account. For example, we are told that the Amazons had their breasts cut off so as to give them masculine characteristics. Now, on the one hand, the Amazons were a mythical people, and, on the other, the true story runs that the right breast only was cut off so that it should not interfere with the bow-string during battle. Moreover, we know of no experiments respecting the functions of an internal mammary secretion.
Indeed the whole book savours of journalism; yet it contains quite a lot of useful information simply and too dogmatically communicated. The matter is of the nature of a semi-digested scientific pap for those who are incapable of assimilating the solid food contained in more ponderous and authoritative tomes.
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