There are 34 pages dealing with the subject of touch and birth. In the chapter entitled, "Touch Gone Wrong," Dr. Older discusses how touch is crucial for both emotional development and physical growth. In fact, without touch the infant will die.
The importance of not separating the new-born infant from its birth mother is emphasized. Other interesting chapters include discussions on massage, the restorative power of touch, faith healing by touch, touching and the practice of medicine and the body therapies.