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G., R. (1940). New Creations in Human Beings: By Louis Berman, M.D. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1938. 316 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 9:429.

(1940). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 9:429

New Creations in Human Beings: By Louis Berman, M.D. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1938. 316 pp.

Review by:
R. G.

Dr. Berman has the passionate conviction of a zealot. Reading his turgid prose, one cannot doubt his sincerity: 'For of that top breed of those who are known as the blue ribbons, the first, the primates, the aristocrats, of the vertebrates, the ultimate birth of time's gestations, placed at the very head of the hierarchy of the living, all that could be averred would be that Man's utmost endeavours to succeed as a species had attained to neither his expectations nor his aspirations, but were only leading to his degradation, if not his destruction.' It is his thesis that man is degenerating and his belief that something can and should be done about it. Glands are the answer. 'Man must learn to cleanse and purge himself of his infantile complexes of fear and shame and guilt and malice. These are not fixed and ineluctable accompaniments of his destiny but the escapable concomitants of ignorance and weakness that can be overcome. He must and can be purified of his own self-begetting frustrations and poisons and disinfected of polluting protoplasms. He must learn to feed himself with the holy substances of life as they enter his being through his food to be transmuted into the living matter and living energy, the living system of forces and capacities, functions and achievements which is the human personality. And he must above all, learn to cherish the sustenance and refreshment of his endocrine organs, as the carriers of the deepest sustainers and governors of his being.' Psychoanalysts will find in this quotation much more and less than was intended by the author.

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