September 1948

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.

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By Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde E. Martin. Price, $6.50. Pp. 804, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1948.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(3):319-320. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220270104006

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This study is a monumental contribution to our knowledge of the sexual behavior of the human male. It is accurately described by its authors as "a fact-finding survey... to discover what people do sexually, and what factors account for differences in sexual behavior among individuals, and among various segments of the population." The data have all been obtained in personal interviews, each of approximately two hours' duration. To date, 12,000 persons have been studied; of these, 6,300 are males and 5,300 white males on which the present volume is based. The conclusions are of far reaching import and deserve the attention not only of medical men but of all of those who are seriously interested in our American social scene.

Certain criticisms, for the most part pointed out frankly by the authors, are legitimate but scarcely detract from the value of the work. For example, it is a study not

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