Medicine: The Abnormal

While the courts and headlines are filled with "sex crimes," usually committed by "perverts," psychologists worry why such things happen, and what can be done to prevent them. Last week two Washington psychiatrists offered their findings and some suggestions in a bulky (702 pp.) book entitled Sexual Deviations (Linacre Press; $10).

The whole problem can be traced, say Drs. Louis S. London and Frank S. Caprio, to the fact that civilization has developed in man a feeling of shame about sex. The impulse, they say, is as natural and fundamental as hunger: "Everyone is allowed to admit without shame that he...