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September 1979

Homosexuality in Perspective

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Department of Psychiatry University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(9):600. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500450094029

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This new report by Masters and Johnson lacks the drama that attended their rediscovery of the clitoris and their description of the sexual flush. The authors here describe their research into the physiology and psychology of homosexuality. It is not a particularly scholarly book, eg, their bibliography is not even relevant to the text, and when they note that the adrenogenital syndromes or Klinefelter's syndromes seem to be associated with a higher-than-expected incidence of homosexuality, they do not reference this.

The authors show that the sexual physiology of homosexuals is similar to that of heterosexuals. This should not surprise us in that the anatomy is similar; and, anyway, the common denominator of sexuality is friction. Homosexual dysfunction (impotence, anorgasmia, etc) is presented as having much in common with heterosexual dysfunction. This is a significant finding.

The clinical investigation leaves much to be desired in that it is not systematic. There

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