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February 1965

Human Reproduction and Sexual Behavior.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(2):222. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720320110014

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This volume is a variegated potpourri of gynecology, endocrinology, embryology, reproductive physiology, sexology, superficial normal and abnormal psychology, philosophy, and anthropology. It succeeds in its purported objective, as stated in the author's preface, as "a compromise to try to cover more subjects adequately, and none exhaustively." Of merit is the timeliness of some of the material, the usual lag between the discovery of scientific material and its publication in textbook form being not quite so apparent here as it is in most books dealing with this rapidly changing subject. It suffers from the overall lack of cohesiveness and intercorrelation that is almost expected in a work by multiple authors. The editor's job was made exceedingly difficult by his attempting to make the text all things to all men. Although the ostensible approach is basically clinically oriented toward gynecological endocrinology, it runs off tangentially into the biochemistry of steroid

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