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Book and Media Reviews
June 7, 2006


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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(21):2539-2543. doi:10.1001/jama.295.21.2539-a

Thanks to the complementary expertise of its authors, Human Sexuality, second edition, by Simon LeVay and Sharon Valente, is an exceptional book that addresses nearly every aspect of sexuality from multiple theoretical, historical, and cultural perspectives. Valente holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and has taught human sexuality at the undergraduate level since the 1990s, while LeVay is an acclaimed neuroscientist who now devotes most of his time to writing about sexuality. Although their book is intended for an undergraduate course in sexuality, it is also eminently suitable for use in medical school and residency. Not only does it provide a strong foundation in the physiological and psychosocial aspects of sexuality, it does so in such a compelling manner that I feel confident that even my students in the throes of the demanding first year of medical school will put aside their gross anatomy and biochemistry texts long enough to read the assigned chapters.

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