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Eder, M.D. (1928). Sexual Apathy and Coldness in Women: By Walter M. Gallichan. (London: T. Werner Laurie, Ltd. Pp. 183. 7 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 9:128-129.

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(1928). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 9:128-129

Sexual Apathy and Coldness in Women: By Walter M. Gallichan. (London: T. Werner Laurie, Ltd. Pp. 183. 7 s. 6 d. net.)

Review by:
M. D. Eder

It is all to the good that laymen step in where doctors fear to tread, provided they write with the good sense and with the moderation of the writer of this book. Sexual anæsthesia is extremely common in women. In the main its causes are to be found in the unconscious mental life; but it is certainly true, as Mr. Gallichan contends, that the whole social structure of our day—that is, of the Occidental world—aggravates the condition even where there is a serious unconscious factor, and determines it for many when the unconscious factors are minimal. I do not know what evidence the author has for attributing sexual anæsthesia to heredity. That the cold mother has cold children may be a correct observation, but we have knowledge sufficient about the origin of the psychoneuroses and of character formation to absolve heredity as the sole, or even the chief agent. Probably by 'genuine congenital sexual frigidity' the author understands some anatomical or physiological abnormality. That a good deal of marital discomfort and unhappiness could be removed by a better knowledge of our sexual life is undoubtedly true. Even with this corrected there will be quite sufficient sexual trouble to provide handsome livelihoods for many generations of doctors, lawyers and writers. If occasionally Mr. Gallichan seems to be satisfied with too simplistic an analysis of the

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