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The topic of "love" has been addressed in books that range from collections of syrupy aphorisms to "how-to" books on relationships. But love is far too broad and interesting a topic to be limited in this way. Although this book includes three chapters on romantic love, it broadens the scope to include the role of love in the developmental process of infants and children, on physical and mental health and illness, on violent criminality, and other social aspects of love.The literature reviewed for the book includes anthropology, biology, brain anatomy/physiology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and zoology. The emphasis is on what various scientific disciplines have discovered about the role of love, but Anthony Walsh also presents historical, mythological, and philosophical insights where appropriate.
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Anthony Walsh, Ph.D. (Boise, ID) is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Boise State University.From Publishers Weekly:
According to sociologist Walsh, an innate biological "love energy" may drive Homo sapiens along paths of caring and affection. Lack of love, he shows, not only contributes to childhood illnesses but also may stunt physical and intellectual growth, weaken the immune system, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and exacerbate neurosis, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis. In an absorbing, valuable synthesis, Walsh ( Human Nature and Love ) assesses the literature on parenting, breastfeeding, left/right brain dichotomy, male and female orgasm and extramarital affairs. He summarizes the evidence for genetic or prenatal hormonal determinants of homosexuality, posits inherent differences in the psychologies and sexual strategies of men and women. A felicitous, jargon-free style enhances the appeal of this scientific investigation of love from infancy to old age.
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