The appearance of this book was preceded by a plethora of newspaper editorials, television interviews with the authors, and advice columns in the newspapers, all of which acclaimed it, while a variety of professional writings denounced, criticized, or praised it from psychoanalytic, behavioral, psychological, hormonal, and clinical perspectives—all of which make this a difficult work to review with a fresh eye.
The authors have pursued sexual investigations from their own special perspective and have attempted to be as concrete and systematic as possible. Masters and Johnson have studied a group of volunteers whom they acknowledge are hardly typical citizens, in that they had sexual relations under direct observation using anal, oral, manual, and genital techniques. The volunteers' sexual histories and their fantasies were recounted, and the results were recorded statistically. Masters and Johnson confirmed the finding that sexual physiology is the same whether the person is aroused in conventional or