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Murphy, W.F. (1955). Sex and Morality: By Abram Kardiner, M.D. New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 1954. 266 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 24:581-584.

(1955). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 24:581-584

Sex and Morality: By Abram Kardiner, M.D. New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 1954. 266 pp.

Review by:
William F. Murphy

According to its jacket, this book presents for us clear and readable answers to the basic what, how, why of the major problems of sex and morality in modern marriage and of the changing family of today, and some answers, too, to such minor problems as inhibitions of the individual's sexual life, feminism, the flight from masculinity, and the Kinsey report on the female. It is written in a chatty and discursive style, obviously for laymen. There is no bibliography or index. Naturally, where so much is attempted there is much extension and not much depth to the somewhat fragmented contents.

The partial truths and superficiality of the cultural relativist at times appear to obscure the holistic grasp, experience, and common sense of the practicing analyst.

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