In this book, Touching — the Human Significance of the Skin, Ashley Montagu relates how Larry Rhine raised an orphaned kitten. Everyone knows that kittens. A passionate and committed plea for good touch using evidence based results Ashley Montagu was an anthropologist, who amongst other. TOUCHING THE HUMAN SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SKIN SECOND EDITION. by ASHLEY MONTAGU Copyrightowner ASHLEY MONTAGU.

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In such cases what we should expect to find, according to our theory, ahsley be disturbances in the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and respiratory functions. David rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Thus, the experiment was designed as a test of the relative im portance of the variables of contact comfort and nursing com fort. Excellent book that covers the skin as sensory organ.

Ashley Montagu – Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin

Providentially, the oxygen available to it at this time is gradually undergoing reduction, so that such consciousness, such awareness of pain as it may be capable of, is probably reduced.

In the human mother aahley need for intimate con tact is undoubtedly much greater and considerably more prolonged than it is in other mammals, serving not only im portant psychological functions, but also many physiological ones, such as arresting of the postpartum hemorrhage, con traction of touchung uterus, detachment and expulsion of the pla centa, improved circulation, etc.

Studies in last thirty years of Masai women in Africa show that they have their first child at the gouching of menarche, nurse their baby till it is four years old, and then have a second menstrual period, get pregnant again.

Genesis rated it it was amazing Dec 14, A voice makes one’s skin “tingle. Rosenthal made a direct test of the “thesis that eczema arises in certain predisposed infants because they fail to obtain from their mother or mother-substitute adequate physical soothing contact caressing and cuddling.

Mean while, it would seem evident that one of the elements in the genesis of the ability to love is “licking” or its equivalent in other forms of pleasurable tactile stimulation. Blauvelt has shown that, in goats, if the kid is removed from the mother for only a few hours before she has a chance to lick it and the kid is then restored to her, “she seems to have no behavioral resources to do anything further for the newborn.


Indeed, the first year of life requires a great deal of unobtrusive packing for a journey that will continue for the rest of the traveler’s life. By far the largest organ system in the body, about 2, square centimeters in the newborn and about 18, square centimeters, or approximately 18 square feet, in the average male, in whom it weighs about 8 pounds, the skin constitutes some 6 to 8 percent of the total body weight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In a series of ingenious experi ments these investigators put neck collars on pregnant rats in such a manner that they were prevented from licking them selves. Our skin is sensitive on the back of our neck to temperature changes of a millionth of a degree by some estimates. I think it was written in the 70s when Freud was trendy, and some of these ideas don’t hold credence anymore, and sound more like speculation than science.

There is a great deal of touching and, most charac teristically, grooming. Some are “thick-skinned,” others are “thin-skinned,” some get “under one’s skin,” while others remain only “skin-deep,” and things are either “palpably” or “tangibly” so or not.

This is most strikingly seen in the increase in size of the tpuching fetal brain, which by the time of birth has acquired a volume of between and cubic centimeters. The process of evolution by which the increase in the length of human developmental periods has been accomplished is known as neoteny.

When an attempt was made to remove and replace the pads for sanitary purposes the infants clung to them and engaged in “violent temper tan trums. This basic touchibg must not be dependent upon any postnatal behavior such as “licking,” necessary as that mobtagu be for further development in other species. I met Ashley Montagu when he was in his 90s. This brings up for me the question of the wisdom of C-Sections for convenience.


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Since collars would undoubtedly produce some stress effect, The Mind of the Skin 19 other uncollared pregnant rats were subjected to stress effects, while still others were fitted with notched collars which allowed them to lick themselves. This difference was especially marked during the first year.

The correction came from a former zoo-worker who advised them to begin stroking “the genitals and perineal regions of the young animals mintagu a wisp of cotton after each feeding. But it is not an organ as such that I am here concerned with the skin; rather, in contrast to the psychosomatic or centrifugal approach, I am interested in what may be called the somatopsychic or centripetal approach.

Only when the females and the young are endangered do the males act to protect them. Furthermore, the skin, as we know from human faces, carries its own memory of conditions experienced in the remote and immediate past.

Indeed, the passage through the 4 inches of the birth canal is the most hazardous journey a human being ever takes.

Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu

I know there are so many other ways I could be using touch to connect and show love – I’m sure that rereading this book would remind me of them. Harlow goes so far as to suggest that toucning primary purpose of nursing is to ensure frequent body contact between infant and mother. Touchjng, apart from the Wistar Institute observations by Hammett and his colleagues, there was literally nothing in print that could throw any light on such questions, I began to make inquiries among animal breeders, among people who had been raised on farms, veterinarians, husbandrymen, and the staff’s of zoos the results were illuminating.