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Asch, J.J. (1935). Sex Habits: A Vital Factor in Well-Being: By A. Buschke and F. Jacobsohn. Translated from the German by Eden and Cedar Paul. Foreword by Gerald L. Moench. New York: Emerson Books, 1933. 204 p.. Psychoanal Q., 4:531-532.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 4:531-532

Sex Habits: A Vital Factor in Well-Being: By A. Buschke and F. Jacobsohn. Translated from the German by Eden and Cedar Paul. Foreword by Gerald L. Moench. New York: Emerson Books, 1933. 204 p.

Review by:
Joseph J. Asch

Of the large number of books on sex enlightenment from the physical point of view that appear daily, this book should certainly rank among the best. It is a sane, straightforward and thorough exposition of the subject, and there is a series of plates that would for clarity and general excellence grace any scientific work on anatomy and embryology. The book deals with the structure and the functions of the reproductive organs, and includes an excellent chapter on semen-menstruation, fertilization and development of the embryo. A chapter each is also devoted to tubal pregnancy and the Aschheim-Zondek test, which is admirably discussed. What makes the book particularly important is the candid and courageous treatment of puberty. Here the authors show themselves to be men of wide experience, and no parent should fail to make a careful study of this valuable chapter.

In the chapter on sexual impotence in men, students conversant with the freudian doctrine will find much to be desired; how little acquainted the authors are with psychoanalysis can be seen from the following: "Still, when cure [of impotence] results, it must not be forgotten that this may be the outcome of the psychotherapeutic powers of persons who are able to exercise a suggestive influence, even though the doctrine on which their analytic method be based is false. In a word, the undeniable practical successes of many psychoanalysts can, in our view, be often enough secured by the application of other psychotherapeutic methods."

Before Freud, urologists having a new instrument in their hands, the cysto-urethroscope, noticed that the colliculus presented a different appearance in different individuals. They attributed all forms of impotence to so-called pathology of the caput, not knowing that it can normally vary considerably in shape and size.

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