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February 7, 1948

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

JAMA. 1948;136(6):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890230070028

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Kinsey's book, "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," is a scientific achievement. Here is an analysis of the sexual histories of more than twelve thousand American white men representing an excellent cross section of a geographic, economic, occupational, religious and age distribution. The information presented, formerly unobtainable in the United States or elsewhere, is pertinent information needed by physicians in caring for the large number of patients who come to their offices daily with psychosomatic complaints that are based in many instances on conflicts involving personal sex practices and maladjustments.

Sex practices recorded by Kinsey will not be surprising to the physician, but the collective figures indicate that present concepts of normality regarding sex must be greatly broadened. Surprising items of information are the extremely high incidence of potency of sex drive and outlet in the teen-age group and the high incidence (40 to 50 per cent) of premarital, extramarital

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