The Science of Orgasm

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Overview

This fascinating and comprehensive book is the first to explore the complex biological process leading to orgasm. Here, sexuality researcher and nurse Beverly Whipple, coauthor of the international best-selling book The G Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, joins neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk and endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores to view orgasm through the lenses of behavioral neuroscience along with cognitive and physiological sciences.

The authors explain how and why orgasms happen, why they fail to happen, and what brain and body events are put into play at the moment of orgasm. No topic is left unexplored, as the book describes the genital-brain connection, how the brain produces orgasms, how aging affects orgasm, and the effects of prescription medication, street drugs, hormones, disorders, and diseases.

Covering every type of sexual peak experience in women and men―from intense to phantom—this informative and entertaining work illuminates the hows, whats, and wherefores of orgasm.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles 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.
Gay Times
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.
Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Journal of Sexual Relationship and Therapy (UK)
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.
Choice

Important information about sexuality... Highly recommended.

New Scientist
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.
Psychology Today
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.
Elle

Those with real faith in science as an exit route from dysfunction might want to check out The Science of Orgasm.

Sexual and Relationship Therapy
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

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.
JAMA
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.
Sexual and Relationship Therapy - Kevan R. Wylie
This is a very easy book to read... There are very few books on this subject area and the book is highly recommended.
British Journal of Psychiatry - Nick Dunn
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.
Elle
Those with real faith in science as an exit route from dysfunction might want to check out The Science of Orgasm.
Choice
Important information about sexuality... Highly recommended.
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801884900
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,106,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry R. Komisaruk is a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. Carlos Beyer-Flores is head of the Laboratorio Tlaxcala in Mexico. Beverly Whipple is Professor Emerita at the College of Nursing, Rutgers University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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