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Human Sexuality [With CDROM] Hardcover – October, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0878934546 ISBN-10: 0878934545 Edition: Bk&CD-Rom

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; Bk&CD-Rom edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878934545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878934546
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,478,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . offers far greater coverage than most other texts. . . . the 'take-home' messages are clearly presented. . . . Thumbs up!" -- M. Betsy Bergen, Kansas State University

"The chapter 'Sex Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle' is exceptionally engaging and accessible. . . . the authors did a marvelous job..." -- Pauline M. Maki, National Institutes of Health

"The writing is engaging, clear, informative, and professional. It is probably the best of its kind." -- Martin Lalumière, University of Toronto

About the Author

SIMON LEVAY, Ph.D. is a British-born neuroscientist turned science writer and teacher. He was educated at Cambridge University, UK and the University of Gottingen, Germany. In 1971, he moved to the United States. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and has taught at Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University, all USA. LeVay has authored over 40 scientific studies; the best known of these is a 1991 report in Science that described a difference in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men. This study helped spark a wealth of new research on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author or coauthor of nine books, some in the area of human sexuality and others on a broader range of scientific topics. JANICE BALDWIN, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. She is co-author, with her husband John Baldwin, of numerous studies and articles in the area of sexuality and sex education, as well as the textbook Behavior Principles in Everyday Life, now in its fourth edition. The Baldwins co-teach an undergraduate Human Sexuality course that is regularly voted Best Course at UCSB. They also teach an advanced seminar course on the same topic. The Baldwins have been named as Best Professors on several occasions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige on December 8, 2010
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Excellent textbook discussing the aspects of the human sexual nature. Would like to read less about common intercourse details and more about the psychology behind deviant sexuality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Davis on October 7, 2011
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Got the job done as far as what was required from the class. Speaks in mature manner but still lays out the facts.
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Bought this for my Human Sexuality class at Cal Poly Pomona.
Very informative, with pictures.
Easy to read.
Had fun in the class, too.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B on September 26, 2010
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This book has wonderful information, backed up with great photos and diagrams. If you ever had any questions about how the body works and theories as to why, this is a great read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maritsa on June 29, 2009
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An ideal human sexuality class for adults. I really enjoyed all the information and cultural highlights this book had to offer.
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More About the Author

Simon LeVay is a British-born neuroscientist turned writer. He is best known for a 1991 study, published in Science, which reported on a difference in brain structure between gay and straight men. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute in San Diego, but he now lives in Los Angeles. Among his 12 published books are several on sex, including a college textbook titled Human Sexuality (now in its fourth edition), and Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation. His most recent book is a historical novel, The Donation of Constantine. Once a fanatical bicycle racer, LeVay continues to ride his bicycle, though at a more sober pace. He is intolerant of creationists, lactose, and staying indoors.

LeVay writes: "In the early 1960s, as a teenager, I was arrested and jailed briefly, along with the renowned 90-year-old philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell. (The occasion was an anti-war demonstration.) This lead to my reading Russell's History of Western Philosophy. Only one paragraph in that long book stuck in my memory: it dealt with the mysterious 8th-century forgery known as the Donation of Constantine. Intrigue, papal politics, winter journeys, bloody battles -- maybe even a hint of bodice-ripping! What a great topic for a novel, I thought. Fifty years later, I wrote it."

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