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Touching : the human significance of the skin
Montagu, Ashley, 1905-1999.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1978]

Physical Description:
x, 384 pages ; 22 cm
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BF275 .M66 1978 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A groundbreaking achievement when it was first published in 1971, this moving and absorbing examination of the importance of tactile interaction-touching-on all facets of human development is now brought thoroughly up to date in light of research since 1978. Dr. Montagu here devotes special attention to the relation of the skin and touching to mental and physical health; the discovery of the immunological functions of the skin; the importance of touching, especially for older people; a demonstration of the harmfulness of newfangled methods of dealing with the newborn; gender differences; new experimental studies on the deprivation effect; the relation between touching and imaging; and the uses of touching in psychotherapeutic situations. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Ashley Montagu is a writer, editor, and anthropologist. He was born in London, England, on June 28, 1905. Montagu studied psychology and anthropology at the University of London and the University of Florence.

For nearly twenty years, Montagu taught anatomy at New York University, Hahnemann Medical College, and Rutgers University. He became the chairman of the anthropology department at Rutgers.

Montagu is the author or editor of more than 60 books. He has written articles for such magazines as The Ladies Home Journal and The Saturday Review. Montagu received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Achievement Award of The American Anthropological Association and the Darwin Award of the Society of American Physical Anthropologists.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
1 The Mind of the Skinp. 3
2 The Womb of Timep. 47
3 Breastfeedingp. 69
4 Tender, Loving Carep. 96
5 The Physiological Effects of Touchingp. 198
6 Skin and Sexp. 204
7 Growth and Developmentp. 237
8 Culture and Contactp. 292
9 Touch and Agep. 393
Envoip. 401
Appendix 1 Therapeutic Touchp. 404
Appendix 2 The Effects upon the Mother of Removal of the Infant Immediately after Birthp. 412
Referencesp. 415
Indexp. 479