Medicine: Statistician of Sex

Passionately addicted to self-scrutiny, the 20th century started out talking and worrying about its sex life with a nervous intensity that would have appalled earlier ages; it made prophets of Sigmund Freud, Havelock Ellis and that Baedeker of sexual abnormality, Richard von Krafft-Ebing. What remained was for someone to link the age's preoccupation with sex to its passion for statistics. That job was taken on, not surprisingly, by an American—Alfred Charles Kinsey of Bloomington, Ind., zoologist by training, who was determined to observe the sex behavior of the human animal with the scientific methods he had once brought to an earlier...

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