- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Temple University Press; Revised and expanded edition (August 12, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592131514
- ISBN-13: 978-1592131518
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Disorders Of Desire: Sexuality And Gender In Modern American Sexology Revised and expanded Edition
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