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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the Spring Mr. Ellis' pen lightly turns to what he's been writing about winter -- sex. His books are legion and the bibliography here proves that psychologist Ellis is not inhibited by the scholar's general rule of not citing one's own work -- 18 of his are listed. His co-author has given the world The Anatomy of Dirty Words. If Kinsey's statistic is accurate, it would seem that jungle rot is a greater problem than nymphomania, for Dr. K. found that less than 2% of the female problem is by this complaint. Ellis and Sagarin were hard put to find a case of it."" However a number of ""composite"" case histories from Ellis's practice allow a re-definition -- his successfully treated, sexually indiscriminate patients are 'compulsively promiscuous' and not nymphomaniacs in the classic sense. On the trail of this revelation, there are re-caps of the reports from the less reliable Roman historians and Krafft-Ebing is mined yet again for his sexual freaks. These are sandwiched between Ellis' reporting on his, while the tub is resoundingly thumped for what he calls his Rational-Emotive therapeutic technique. There is a good deal of slippery speculation in place of proof or statistics deceptively draped with the ornaments of scholarship for the delectation of non-scholars.

Publisher: Messner-Gilbert