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April 17, 1954

Kinsey's Myth of Female Sexuality: The Medical Facts

JAMA. 1954;154(16):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940500076037

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This volume with its rather sensational title will not fully allay the excitement caused by the Kinsey report, "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female." Largely because of the unfortunate lay publicity given the Kinsey report, the vulgar-minded and the innocently curious have eagerly searched its pages for exciting revelations. The serious reader seeking knowledge rather than sex excitement has been confused, disappointed, and occasionally dismayed. Many have thought that authoritative clarification, criticism, and refutation of certain claims should be undertaken. This is something that science, sex, and the human female have a right to demand. In "Kinsey's Myth of Female Sexuality," Bergler, a psychiatrist, and Kroger, a gynecologist, have vigorously pursued this task. This book abounds in criticism and refutation, but in the matter of clarification it is often wanting.

The authors justly allege that Kinsey has discussed many difficult medical problems without the medical knowledge and clinical experience necessary

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