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Book Reviews
May 1948

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.

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By Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde D. Martin. Price, $6. Pp. 804. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1948.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(5):773. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020790027

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This book is compounded from 1,200 case reports of sexual behavior in midwestern Americans. This is the largest group that has been so studied, and the book marks an attempt at observational science. The social sciences need more of these studies along with studies of other more important and less sensational human activities, such as eating habits, personal hygiene and family behavior.

The authors apparently like to report statistical evidence, and they do a good job; they make little or no attempt to justify or condemn the variations of sexual behavior. They have been able to determine to some degree that sexual habits of the individual are determined by the educational level, age and religious training. They also found that a great number of persons who are addicted to atypical sexual activity have apparently been able to rationalize their behavior and are in no need of psychiatric treatment. Most previous

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