The Science of Orgasm
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The Science of Orgasm

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 635g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white; 13 Halftones, black and white
  • 080188490X
  • 9780801884900
  • 85,409

Table of contents

Preface
1. Definitions of Orgasm
2. Different Nerves, Different Orgasmic Feelings
3. Bodily Changes at Orgasm
4. Are Orgasms Good for Your Health?
5. When Things Go Wrong
6. Diseases That Affect Orgasm
7. How Aging Affects Orgasm
8. Pleasure and Satisfaction with and without Orgasm
9. The Nervous System Connection
10. The Neurochemistry of Orgasm
11. Effects of Medication
12. Counteracting Medication Side Effects
13. Recreational Stimulant Drugs and Orgasm
14. Depressant Drugs and Orgasm
15. Herbal Therapies
16. Hormones and Orgasm
17. Mechanism of Action of Sex Steroids
18. Nonreproductive Hormones in Orgasm
19. Atypical Orgasms
20. The Genital-Brain Connection
21. Orgasms after Brain Surgery or Brain Damage
22. Imaging the Brain during Sexual Arousal and Orgasm
23. The Cast of Characters: How Brain Components Contribute to Orgasm
24. Consciousness and Orgasm
Glossary
References
Index
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Review quote

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. New Scientist 2006 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. Psychology Today 2006 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. Publishers Weekly 2006 Those with real faith in science as an exit route from dysfunction might want to check out The Science of Orgasm. Elle 2006 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. Gay Times 2007 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. Los Angeles Times 2007 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. Sydney Morning Herald 2007 Important information about sexuality... Highly recommended. Choice 2007 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. Journal of Sexual Relationship and Therapy (UK) 2007 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 Sexual and Relationship Therapy 2007 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. -- Nick Dunn British Journal of Psychiatry 2007 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. British Journal of Psychiatry 2007 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. JAMA 2008
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About Barry R. Komisaruk

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.
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