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"Dr. Montagu has produced a fascinating analysis...which should be read by all students of human behavior."

" -- Loren Eiseley""Excellent and well-documented."

" -- Psychology Today""The mother and father of all books written on touch."

" -- Dr. Jules Older"

About the Author

ASHLEY MONTAGU is an Anthropologist who has taught at Harvard, Princeton, University of California, and New York University and has written more than fifty books, including: "Life Before Birth", "Touching", "Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race", "On Being Human", "The Nature of Human Agression", "The Natural Superiority of Women", and "The Peace of the World".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 3 edition (September 10, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060960280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060960285
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you only get one book on parenting and how to raise a child get this one. This is a thick book with lots of research to support the ideas presented by Dr. Montague. However scholastic this book might be it is very readable. If you find the title misleading some chapter headings are breastfeeding, tender loving care, the physiological effects of touching, skin and sex and growth and development. The skin and sex chapter discusses how touching our children affects their sexuality. This is one amazing book full of data that instructs us to hold our children close as long as possible and why this is so critical to their development in every aspect. Read it!!!
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Ashley Montague is really on target about the needs of the human body in regard to touch.Infants who bond with their parents the first few years of life are so much more secure. He has written such valuable information which is more relevant today than ever. We could have less violent children and adults if proper touch and bonding occurred as infants. Read this book and practice it as a means of creating peace in the world. Spread the word to hospitals to teach new parents about the importance of touch for their infants. Read and recommend this book to all of your friends.
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This book can be credited with saving our premature child. Our daughter was in ICU. I went to check on her. Unknown to me, in the hallway, I passed my wife's Dr. who was about to tell my wife the child was dying.

Entering ICU, I sat at her table and remembered reading in Dr Montague's book that touching had a positive effect on newborns. I began stroking her back and talking to her about her sisters and a puppy that was waiting for her at home. The nurse came to me and asked what I was doing. Thinking she thought I was doing something wrong, I stopped. She said to continue whatever it was because the respirator showed our daughter's breathing was improving. I sat with her and continued for an hour or so.

The next morning I went to see my wife and ask that she return with me. It wasn't until then that I heard the Dr. 's prognosis. I was credited with saving my daughter by the nurses. I bought a copy of the book for the hospital library and recommend it to all who are expecting.
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This highly readable work does a wonderful job explaining the significance of touch in the physical and emotional life of humans. A better understanding of touch can alter the way we interact and is especially important to health care workers.
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This book is positvely a must read for anyone interested in Human Behavioral Sciences and Psychology in general. I am only 20 years old but have been interested in the science behind human interaction for many years. I continue to read many books, but this is probably one of my favorites. The book is a great read, and covers in depth more about the actual physical interaction from birth till death than any other books I've read...I strongly suggest it.
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I read this book years ago and am re-reading it now. I have recommended it numerous times over to friends and fellow students as well. My one complaint to Montague's publisher/editor is that I wish that they would have produced a more general "touching" image for the cover versus this one which seems to be of a more 'romantic' nature at least that was my first thought and it was that of many others to whom I had also recommended the book - it may just be the image with the words "Touching" overlaying. It might seem minor but I think that the cover sadly may turn many off (due to mistakenly assuming the content being something other than what it is or that the author has not written a thoroughly and completely well-researched scientific book based on multiple forms of research, evidence, case studies, etc.) from even picking up this ground-breaking work in human development and psychology about the basic need for physical contact of each person and the effects when it is not provided. Each person that passes this book by is a sad loss and one in which we will all ultimately pay.

I found this book to be completely engaging and so well-written and insightful that I could hardly put it down. It is filled with scientific documentation (albeit on the older side and granted science is nearly outdated before it published these days) but one could easily find further information or 'dig deeper' into any subject area that is brought up should you like. Montague also does not tend reference obscure researchers or professionals in their respective fields - though the reader may not have heard of them, with a little research you will almost always find that they are the leaders in what they do - he pulled together the 'best of the best' in creating this work.
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I discovered this book after my son was born severely premature after 23.5 weeks gestation, weighing only 1 lbs 10 oz. The doctors told me he had 0% chance for survival. Someone suggested that I read this book. In the first 3 weeks of his little life, I was not able to touch him because his system was too sensitive for even the slightest stimulation. So I read this book. At first it scared me that not being able to touch, hold, or cradle him might effect his willingness to live. Even though I couldn't touch him, I was grateful that the nurses who were constantly touching him. As he grew more tolerant, I was able to touch him with a fingertip, then a couple of fingers, until I was able to gradually lay my hand on him. It is hard to explain what it was like to be a Mom and not able to touch or hold your baby. After the 3rd week, he needed to get a PDA surgery to close a valve in his heart to support his breathing. The doctors were certain he would not survive the surgery. So one nurse figured that since he would die, I might as well hold him one time while he was living. I, myself, grew up in a home where affection was not practiced and it was awkward for me. This moment I got to hold my son erased all of my past issues with touching and being affectionate. I was sure that once I got to hold my son and he could hear my heartbeat, he would survive anything just to return to that feeling again. He survived the surgery. Every chance I got, I would lay still for hours at a time with him on my bare chest. I remember needing to release my bladder, but holding it for hours so I wouldn't disturb these precious moments of constant touch. I watched as other moms in the NICU would hold their babies with their clothes on, I knew the importance of us being skin to skin because of this book.Read more ›
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