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August 18, 1951

Patterns of Sexual Behavior

JAMA. 1951;146(16):1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670160085039

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Development of serious interest in the problem of sex education and how it may be carried out most successfully make this volume especially desirable, because all too often those attempting to provide such education have little or no knowledge regarding the evolution of sex behavior in man. The authors have made a survey that includes American society, 190 other peoples, and several groups of animals in the same subclass of mammals. The recognition that there is an extremely wide variation in attitudes regarding sexual behavior could conceivably have a salutary effect on the way in which some sex educators approach their task. The nature of coitus, sexual attractiveness and stimulation, homosexual behavior, and physiological factors in sex behavior are developed in 12 chapters, with a final summary chapter. A glossary and an extensive bibliography are also included.

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