Books: Lip Service

THE KISS SACRED AND PROFANE by Nicolas James Perella. 356 pages. University of California Press. $10.95.

Before a reader gets too cozy with Professor Perella's explication of the religio-erotic kiss symbolism in Western culture, it should be noted that not everyone has found mutual labial stimulation appealing. To the Chinese, for example, kissing had revolting associations with cannibalism. Even Dr. Freud seemed standoffish when he observed in his essay, "The Sexual Aberrations," that the lips are composed of mucous membrane and constitute the entrance to the digestive tract.

Fortunately, love conquers all, including clinical...

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