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J., E. (1928). Woman (Wie Bist Du Weib?): A Treatise on the Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, and Sexual Life of Woman. With an Appendix on Prostitution. By Dr. Bernard A. Bauer (Vienna). Translated by E. S. Jerdan, B.A., LL.B., and Norman Haire, Ch.M., M.B. (Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London. Pp. 413. Price 25 s.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 9:127-128.
(1928). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 9:127-128
Woman (Wie Bist Du Weib?): A Treatise on the Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, and Sexual Life of Woman. With an Appendix on Prostitution. By Dr. Bernard A. Bauer (Vienna). Translated by E. S. Jerdan, B.A., LL.B., and Norman Haire, Ch.M., M.B. (Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London. Pp. 413. Price 25 s.
Review by: E. J.
This book is divided into five sections, respectively, The Female Body and its Functions, The Psychology of Woman, The Sexual Life of Woman, The Erotic Life of Woman, and Woman and Marriage. It ranges widely over the innumerable problems of sexuality in connection with woman, from the crippled feet of the Chinese and superstitions about menstruation to the endless questions of prostitution and marriage. The book is a very detailed one, and contains a large store of interesting information. Anyone who has not access to any other books dealing with these topics would find a fund of interest in the present one.
The author is by profession a gynæcologist in Vienna and is apt to flounder when he passes from the physical to the psychological problems of women. As is usual in such books, the ethical tendencies are prone to outweigh the scientific ones. We would call attention, for example, to the astonishing last sentence in the following passage: 'We human beings, who have the godlike gift of reason and are far above the lower animals, should never forget our superiority and sink to becoming slaves of animal lust. We should submit to this slavery—which it always is from the ethical point of view—only when we are fulfilling the purpose of Nature, the continuance of the race. Where in the world is the man who could love his own child, his own flesh and blood, if he had procreated it without any feeling, without any sense of responsibility to the world and to the race' (pp.
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