Medicine: Profane Therapy

Cussers' morals do not arouse his respect, admitted Dr. Montague F. Ashley-Montagu of Philadelphia's Hahnemann Medical College last week. But he believes that swearing is darned good physiological therapy. Not so far back, in Psychiatry, he declared:

"In swearing there is no specific contraction of the diaphragm [as in laughter and weeping], but there is a general increase in neuromuscular tension, an increase in blood pressure and an acceleration of its flow, and a rise in the amount of sugar in the blood, respiration is accelerated, and there is a general feeling of...

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