Love at Goon Park by Deborah Blum
Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

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In the early twentieth century, affection between parents and their children was discouraged—psychologists thought it would create needy kids, and doctors thought it would spread infectious disease. It took a revolution in psychology to overturn these beliefs and prove that touch ensures emotional and intellectual health.

In Love at Goon Park, Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum charts this profound cultural shift by tracing the story of Harry Harlow—the man who studied neglect and its life-altering consequences on primates in his lab. The biography of both a man and an idea, Love at Goon Park ultimately invites us to examine ourselves and the way we love.


About Deborah Blum

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Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research. She is the author of Ghost Hunters and coeditor of A Field Guide for Science Writers, and she has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Discover, Health, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (U.S.) and serves as the North American board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists.
Published July 5, 2011 by Basic Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Harry Harlow (1905–81) was a deeply troubled man who struggled his whole life with human relationships;

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In this surprisingly compelling book, Blum (The Monkey Wars) reveals that many of the child-rearing truths we now take for granted—infants need parental attention;

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His failed first marriage and distant relationships with his children fueled depression and loneliness that led Harlow, ever the scientist, to study the darker side of love -- the treatment of child abuse and neglect.

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