, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 673-674

Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation

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The work of LeVay on sexual orientation differences in the hypothalamic structure of men and the subsequent work of Hamer and colleagues on the molecular genetics of male homosexuality generated an enormous amount of attention in the scientific community and in the public at large (Hamer, Hu, Magnuson, Hu, & Pattatucci, 1993; LeVay, 1991). This work was followed by a proliferation of studies on the biological bases of homosexuality, which was subsequently reviewed by the same investigators (Hamer & Copeland, 1994; LeVay, 1996). Research into the biological bases of homosexuality has continued unabated in the intervening decade in such diverse areas as genetics, endocrinology, neurobiology, physiology, evolution, morphometrics, cognition, and animal behavior. As such, an updated synthesis and review of the literature has been sorely needed. It is for this reason that we welcome the publication of the volume by Wilson and Rahman.

This book provides a valuable review of most of the literat