March 20, 1987

Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving

Author Affiliations

Loyola University of Chicago Maywood, Ill

Loyola University of Chicago Maywood, Ill


by William Masters, Virginia E. Johnson, and Robert C. Kolodny, 598 pp, $24.95, Boston, Little Brown & Co Inc, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(11):1528. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390110104040

Pioneering sex researchers William Masters, MD, and Virginia Johnson (later to become Mrs Masters) have written Human Sexual Responses (1966) and Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970). Although their impact was dramatic, these two books were stylistically severe and were dubbed "least read bestsellers." The same cannot be said for their latest contribution, co-authored also by Robert Kolodny, MD.

Sex and Human Loving is 600 pages of enjoyable reading. It is filled with helpful information for both clinicians and patients on intimate human relationships and sexuality. The illustrations included are of practical value. The anatomy, physiology, problems, dysfunctions, and treatments of male and female sexuality from childhood to late age are skillfully covered. Furthermore a useful index makes these discussions easily accessible. Contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, homosexuality, varieties of sexual behavior, coercive assault, sexual fantasy, solitary sexual behavior, love, communication skills, and intimacy are each given a chapter. A three-page subsection on