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This is a quite remarkable book. For the first time an authoritative text for medical, psychiatric, psychological, forensic, and legal professionals has been written which addresses both the clinical and legal dimensions of the paraphilias. Dr. Aggrawal deftly brings to bear his 25 years of interest and knowledge of sexual deviancy and sex crimes in an authoritative and comprehensive textbook. The book generally follows the organization of the DSM paraphilias, and elucidates in separate chapters their respective definitions, etiology, history, epidemiology, medical characteristics, management, and legal understanding in various U.S. jurisdictions and other selective countries. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book is Dr. Aggrawal’s grasp of ancient references concerning the paraphilias in both religious and historical texts, and his illustrations through the selective use of contemporary clinical and legal cases. The book also contains well-written chapters on rape and sexual harassment, and a comprehensive appendix of paraphilias, no less than 547 cited in the scientific and lay literature. ... this book will likely become a fixture in most forensic libraries… .
—J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D. writing in American Academy Journal of Forensic Sciences January 2010, Vol. 55, No. 1

This is a useful source book which describes a wide spectrum of sexual practices and differentiates between those which are illegal (with helpful comparisons between national jurisdictions and legal codes), those which may escalate to that category, and those that merely push the boundaries of what any particular society or time would deem "normal". … makes interesting reading, especially in its wide ranging exploration of paraphilias and may be a useful reference for those working in the field of both sexual offences and psychosexual therapy.
—Caroline M. Jones, Forensic Physician, writing in Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine September 2010

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Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420043080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420043082
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anil Aggrawal obtained his MD in Forensic medicine and toxicology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and then proceeded to Edinburgh - traditionally regarded as the home of Forensic Medicine - for higher training. He was trained further in Japan and the US under the prestigious WHO fellowship.

Dr. Aggrawal currently teaches Forensic Medicine at the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and edits a peer-reviewed internet journal on this subject. Paraphilias, sexual crimes and their medicolegal aspects has been his special area of interest for the last 25 years. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and a personal library of over 20,000 books

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rod on January 24, 2012
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Forensic and Medico-legal ... is a solid compendium of topics and not-so-updated research about sexual crimes and practices. It has enough information as an introduction to this complex topics but, at times, it just go very superficially in the explanation. Never the less, the book has interesting references (when they are accurate) for such a broad scope.

My main concern is about some misleading references. I usually rely extensively in them to corroborate the information and for further research, so, I believe, this could be a serious issue if you want to expand your knowledge in the area. In particular (and in a first lecture) I found:

I) In Chapter 5, about fetishism, in the "Leather and Latex" sub-section there is a reference to number 41 -page 125-, but when searching the references it jumps from 40 to 42, the 41 reference is not listed!

II) In Chapter 5 -Fetishism-, there are 62 references listed in the reference part -page 124-125-, but in the text itself, there are 47! Even more, the references in the text do not match with the references in the reference section. For example: reference 31, in the text, refers to "Scorolli and associates" -page 118-, but in the reference section, 31 is "Beach FA". The reference with Scorolli is listed with number 26. Also note that reference 46 is exactly the same as reference 26!!! No different page. Maybe is duplicated?

I think that the first mismatch is in reference 10, which in the text says: "His Psychopathia sexualis [10]" -page 111-, but in the references number 10 is from "Da Silva", which, I think is never used. The correct reference would be, in this case, Krafft-Ebing.
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OMG this book worth every peny, it includes for each paraphilia the next things: clasifications and sub types, historical perspectives, modern era, intelligence, variations, etiology, psychoanalitical theories, prevalence, offender charachetistics, age, sex, intelligence, sexual orientation, marital status, case studies, legal aspects in several jurisdictions worlwide.
There were things about certain paraphilias i never ever found, these author is a genious!!!

Totally worth it!!!!

Am super satisfied with this purchase!!!! :D
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By Karen b on December 10, 2012
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I know it sounds weird, but I used this book for school and it was very informative. A good read and helpful.
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By Magdalena Lopez on October 14, 2014
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great condition
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