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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7529.1378 (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1378
  1. Jeff Aronson (jeffrey.aronson@clinpharm.ox.ac.uk), clinical pharmacologist
  1. Oxford

    It has been said that there is only one taboo about incest—mentioning it. There are no exact synonyms for incest, no euphemisms, no slang terms.

    Nevertheless, incest is mentioned widely in art and literature, from the Bible, through the many brother-sister relationships in mythology, to the latest example, Audrey Niffenegger's graphic novel The Three Incestuous Sisters. In the movies, perhaps the best known example is Roman Polanski's Chinatown, in which Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), by slapping her again and again, jolts Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) into admitting her guilty secret about Katherine (Belinda Palmer): “She's my sister… my daughter… my sister… my daughter… my sister and my daughter.”Can so much guilt ever have been borne by …

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