Behavior: The Gospel of Orgasm

Among Freud's many strange pupils, Dr. Wilhelm Reich was surely the strangest. To his disciples, he was a prophet who preached a gospel of orgasm. But many colleagues in Europe put him down as a pornographic charlatan and Communist crackpot. After Reich moved to the U.S., a federal court handed him a two-year sentence for defying a court order that forbade shipment of his notorious but harmless "orgone box" across state lines.* Yet now, 14 years after his death in the Lewisburg (Pa.) prison, Reich is recognized as a pioneer of the nonverbal,...

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