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Davidson's work is one of the most significant applications of Foucault's (and in part Georges Canguilhem's) "historical epistemology" to the development of psychiatric thinking about sexuality. Not only are the chapters written with style and wit, but they explicate some of the most important problems faced by any historian of medical knowledge, particularly historians of psychiatry. No historian of sexuality can afford not to pay close attention to Davidson's work. The first five chapters might be characterized as the application of theory: they are detailed, brilliant, and insightful essays about sex and sexuality, about how new styles of reasoning come into being, and about how we came to be sexual beings. The remaining chapters might be considered a profound exegesis of Foucault's archeological methodology, and indeed a part of their radiance comes from Davidson's reinterpretation of Foucault's works of his "middle period."
— Ivan Crozier