- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080188490X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801884900
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Behind its tongue-in-cheek "plain brown wrapper" cover, this unique book offers a thorough compilation of what modern science, from biomechanics to neurochemistry, knows about the secrets of orgasm. The three coauthors—neuroscientist Komisaruk, endocrinologist Beyers-Flores and sexuality researcher Whipple (coauthor of The G-Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality)—begin with a short overview of the role of hormones and the nervous system, as well as how the body changes during orgasm. Later chapters go into greater detail, describing the connection between the brain and genitals, and how various factors, from aging and physical condition to drugs, disorders and diseases, affect sexual response and orgasm. While some of the information is fairly common knowledge (the connection between antidepressants and reduced orgasmic response, for example), other topics, such as "phantom" orgasms in men and women with spinal cord injuries, orgasmic "auras" experienced by some epileptics and sexual response in transgendered individuals, provide fascinating glimpses into the complex and subtle interaction of brain and body in this most intimate and euphoric of states. The authors do a good job of keeping technical discussion at or near the layperson's level, and an extensive bibliography provides a wealth of resources for further investigation of this intriguing topic. (Nov.)
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In considerable but lucid detail, three researchers from different fields address every aspect of the science behind orgasms, from why they feel so good to whether transsexual men with surgically created vaginas can have them.(New Scientist)
Approach the book with any question you can conjure about the whys and wherefores of orgasm and you'll receive a minutely detailed answer that incorporates findings from the latest sex research.(Psychology Today)
Behind its tongue-in-cheek 'plain brown wrapper' cover, this unique book offers a thorough compilation of what modern science, from biomechanics to neurochemistry, knows about the secrets of orgasm.(Publishers Weekly)
Those with real faith in science as an exit route from dysfunction might want to check out The Science of Orgasm.(Elle)
The authors cast gimlet eyes over such subjects as multiple and phantom orgasm, as well as the biological process and the effects of various drugs on it. A most stimulating read.(Gay Times)
A neuroscientist, an endocrinologist and a sex researcher team up to create an impressively comprehensive book about orgasms. In intimate detail, authors Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores and Beverly Whipple... discuss the history, mechanics, physiology and neurochemistry of this most mysterious of physical events.(Los Angeles Times)
Twenty-five years after she made the G-Spot famous, Professor Beverly Whipple is still probing the mysteries of the female orgasm. She has shifted her focus higher up the body―to the brain―exploring the areas that light up when women climax.(Sydney Morning Herald)
Important information about sexuality... Highly recommended.(Choice)
There are very few books on this subject area and the book is highly commended. It is certainly one to add to the personal library of clinicians working in human sexuality.(Journal of Sexual Relationship and Therapy (UK))
This is a very easy book to read... There are very few books on this subject area and the book is highly recommended.(Kevan R. Wylie Sexual and Relationship Therapy)
A readable comprehensive account on the literature of orgasm. All psychosexual clinics will need to have a copy as well as anyone who advises others about psychosexual problems.(Nick Dunn British Journal of Psychiatry)
The authors should be congratulated on taking the trouble to produce a readable comprehensive account of the literature on orgasm. All psychosexual clinics will need to have a copy as well as anyone who advises others about psychosexual problems.(British Journal of Psychiatry)
The book deserves its eye-catching title... An excellent, well-written assembly of the current scientific understanding of not only the phenomenon of orgasm but of sexual pleasure in general.(JAMA)
Of the many aspects of our sexuality, the unique experience of orgasm remains the most mysterious. This intriguing book sheds light on that mystery and reveals what is known and unknown about the orgasmic process. Anyone with an interest in sexuality should own this book.(John Bancroft, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction)
Destined to be a classic in human sexuality. A comprehensive guide to one of life's greatest pleasures. A must read!(Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., Columbia University, author of What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex)
Orgasms are electrifying and mysterious. Why do orgasms feel so good? What inhibits them? Do men's and women's orgasms differ? How many kinds are there? Does aging affect orgasm? I was delighted to find the answers to these and many more questions in this engaging book. An intriguing read―that just might improve your health and change your life.(Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why We Love)
As someone who has long cared about sexual health, I found this book to be of immense value. Well-written and enjoyable to read, this book lays out the bases for orgasm disorders, sexual problems, the effects of specific illnesses on orgasm, and how drugs and hormones affect the orgasmic process. With refreshing insights into what makes sexuality a healthy and pleasurable life process, this book belongs in the hands of anyone who wants to know more about this integral part of sexual health.(David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the kind of book that will probably get thumbed through a lot at the local lending library, but it is not in any way a "how to" book. It is instead a scholarly work on what is known about orgasm. It is a book of facts and figures, a few diagrams and a lot of scientific references.
I have some minor gripes: the proofing could have been better: bromocriptine is one of a number of words that is misspelled. There is only a short discussion about why female orgasm exists at all. The male orgasm seems to have a straightforward evolutionary function, making males want to have sex more often, which in turn makes them more likely to have offspring. But how to account for female orgasm, when nearly three-quarters of women don't always reach orgasm during sexual intercourse? If the female orgasm had developed because of the same evolutionary pressures, females should have adapted to be as consistently orgasmic as males. (There is an excellent discussion of this issue in the recent book by Elisabeth Lloyd from Indiana University, which is referenced in this book). At some points in this book there is not enough of a distinction made between orgasm and arousal. For instance some women report that arousal rather than orgasm is what drives them to enjoy sex. There is also an over-emphasis on biochemical theories of orgasm, and an under-emphasis on the psychological, subtle and spiritual aspects. Even the topic of consciousness and orgasm gets only a brief chapter.
If you are interested in a more comprehensive view of orgasm, you may want to supplement this book with the works of David Deida, Jenny Wade, Mabel Iam and Mantak Chia.
But all that being said, this is the best single book on the physiology, biochemistry and pathology of orgasm. It also highlights that there is still a great deal that is known.
The book also gives quite a good summary of some of the approaches that may help people who feel that they have a problem with achieving orgasm. It is essential reading for anyone working with relationship problems. And if the only thing that comes from this book is a greater understanding that orgasm is not the only consideration in intimate relationships, that would be worthwhile in itself.
This book is almost unique, and apart from the points that I have raised, I recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable account of the physical aspects of orgasm, and suggestions for helping with problems.
While it won't furnish the reader with miracle recipes for solving orgasmic disorders or achieving a tantric multiple orgasm, this book will provide helpful insights into the mystery of sexual pleasure. For those enduring sexual dysfunction as a result of antidepressant therapy, this book will explain how and why depression and its treatment can impair sexual function.
This book will also satisfy the simply curious mind with sections on sexual function and paralysis, gender reassignment, drug abuse, aging, males vs. females, and much more.
One of the many researchers quoted in this book makes the remarkable statement: since women don't always have orgasm during intercourse, this "...must be seen as a design flaw." That reminds me of another book I read on the technology of orgasm (see my other reviews), which suggested that the clitoris is in the "wrong place."
There seems to be an active movement to promote the belief that women's widespread difficulty in achieving orgasm during conventional intercourse is an accident of nature, rather than a result of miseducation and early neglect: the lack of stimulation of the genital organs during development leads to atrophy of the relative brain areas and subsequent dysfunction of the organ, a physiological principle recognized in relation to other organs, but absolutely taboo to mention in the realm of sex, because the obvious implication is that childhood sex play is the best way to develop healthy clitoral function and thereby prevent female sexual dysfunction. This book repeats the conventional myth that sexual activity naturally "begins" at puberty.
Interestingly, there is much evidence that regular or frequent orgasms correlate with health (including lower rate of heart disease and cancer).
The book concludes with an unhelpful discussion of the difficulty of understanding the dimension of time, as a weak analogy for the difficulty of understanding the complex phenomenon of orgasm. This book is most valuable for its extensive bibliography, since understanding the complexity of orgasm merits a lot more information than this little book can offer.
- Frank Adamo, author of the online article: "Clitoral Erectile Dysfunction."