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January 9, 1954


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251 Central Park W. New York.

104 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago.

JAMA. 1954;154(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940360065024

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To the Editor:—  Kinsey and associates' "Sexual Behavior of the Human Female" merely "dusts off" many abandoned theories and adds few useful facts to the study of female sexual behavior. Through the widespread interest in the volume, however, sexual behavior now is discussed more openly, and it is evident that there is a vast difference between what one practices and what one preaches. Also, Kinsey's views may help change our too punitive laws dealing with sexual deviations, particularly those advocating castration as a means of curbing perverse tendencies. These laws are little or no help to offenders. Despite these good points, millions of persons are uncritically accepting the controversial inferences of the Kinsey report. Physicians are being bombarded with questions concerning the Kinsey report; therefore, prompt correction of Kinsey's faulty inferences is mandatory to prevent their perpetuation as dogma.First, the 5,940 women interviewed are only 1/14,000 of the adult

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