Sexual Enlightenment: Goal or Mirage?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 261–262. Reviews the book, ßex Therapy Today by Patricia Gillan and Richard Gillan (1976). This book is an excellent and highly readable introduction to current sex therapy practices that will probably be most useful for the novice therapist or an actual or potential client. The introduction is good, particularly the sections on the educational and medical models of sexual disorder. The overview of the range of problems is well done, although there is perhaps not sufficient emphasis on the various sex problems. The section on facts and fallacies will help therapists and clients to think more clearly and feel reassured. The section on evaluation is very detailed and includes much excellent comment on the observations to make and skills to use during interviewing. The section on treatment itself occupies the last quarter of the book. At the end of the book there is a reading list, mostly of introductory works. In summary, this is a most lucid and readable introduction to a complex field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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