Medicine: A Healthy Modesty

Two Minnesota psychiatrists last week set forth a startling and controversial theory of sex deviations. Its net: many outwardly respectable American homes may, more or less inadvertently, "seduce" children into becoming sexual deviates. The two psychiatrists, who published their theory in the A.M.A. Journal: Dr. Adelaide M. Johnson, 52, professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. David B. Robinson, 33, of the Mayo Clinic. They put the blame for deviations squarely and almost exclusively on the parents—who in turn must have been warped by their own parents.

Under "sexual deviation" the authors include hostile, destructive sexual behavior toward others...

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