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Book Review: Sex and the Law, 20 University of Kansas City Review 194 (1952)


One way of judging the value of a book is to determine who will read it and what service it will be to its readers. By this standard Sex and the Law has very limited value. It considers best seller, Sunday supplement topics, sex and crime; but is an objective, non-sensational treatment of these subjects. This means that it will not be widely read by the popular reading public. Nor will it be read by many lawyers because, as a dissertation on formal law, its coverage is sketchy with meager citations of cases and statutes. The treatment of sex crimes is a good, brief introduction to the subject, and merits attention by law students and novitiate prosecutors. Sex and the Law also is good background reading for the non-lawyers who work with problems of family discord and sex crime. These include clergymen, physicians, social workers, marriage counselors, sociologists, and criminologists.

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