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Discovering Human Sexuality, Second Edition, is an alternative version of Simon LeVay and Janice Baldwin's acclaimed textbook, Human Sexuality, Fourth Edition. This version, in which John Baldwin is an additional coauthor, has been prepared in response to requests for a text that maintains the evidence-based approach, readability, and production values of Human Sexuality, but that is more accessible to students lacking a strong background in biology, and that is less expensive.
Discovering Human Sexuality is about 90 pages shorter than Human Sexuality and has two fewer chapters. Topics such as evolution, sex hormones, the neural mechanisms of sex, sexual development, and the biology of sexually transmitted diseases are presented in a briefer, less technical fashion than in the original. Conversely, the coverage of some psychological and sociological aspects of sexuality has been expanded. Throughout the book, the authors have taken pains to use language and terminology that is comprehensible to students of diverse backgrounds.
The new edition has been thoroughly updated, with many new boxes, illustrations, FAQs, and other features. What shines through is the richness of ideas about human sexuality that only an interdisciplinary collaboration can provide.