Books: This Age of Violence

A SIGN FOR CAIN by Fredric Wertham, M.D. 391 pages. Macmmillian $6.95.

"There is not one scientific or scientifically oriented book in any language on the general subject of physical violence and its prevention," complains Clinical Psychiatrist Wertham, 71, in the opening pages of this profoundly indignant inquiry into man's inhumanity to man. A Sign for Cain aims at filling the gap. It tamps aphorism, anecdote and erudition into stinging whiffs of grapeshot that splay across the whole range of contemporary thought and life. Wertham's thesis is that no murder, no rape, no senseless...

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