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The Scientification of Love

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7245.1346 (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1346
  1. Ichiro Kawachi, associate professor
  1. Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

    Michel Odent


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    Free Association Books, £12.95, pp 130

    ISBN 1 85343 476 0

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    Michel Odent, who is perhaps best known for introducing birthing pools to obstetric wards, has written a slim but provocative book on the subject of love. Why write a scientific book about a subject best left to poets and songwriters? The answer, according to Odent, is because it's about time: “At a time when people are focusing on violence and the roots of violence, I am convinced that we can go a step further …

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