Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Masters, William

  • Linda Weiner
  • Constance Avery-Clark
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_814

Name

William Howell Masters (1915–2001)

Introduction

William H. Masters was an eminent physician who contributed greatly through his work as a researcher and practitioner in gynecology and fertility. His most famous contributions were made together with his research partner and second wife, Virginia Johnson, in the first scientific exploration of the anatomy and physiology of human sexuality. Later they developed the first short-term, intensive treatment program for sexual dysfunctions.

Career

William Masters graduated from Hamilton College in 1938 and received his MD in 1943 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He was intrigued with reproductive biology. Masters was also impressed by Alfred Kinsey’s work on human sexual behavior. He became an obstetrician and gynecologist and affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis to establish his credibility outside of the field of sexuality before pursuing his controversial research. Here Masters was known as a talented...

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References

  1. Kolodny, R. C. (2001). In memory of William H. Masters. The Journal of Sex Research, 38(3), 274–276.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Masters, W. H., & Johnson, V. E. (1966). Human sexual response. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co..Google Scholar
  3. Masters, W. H., & Masters, V. J. (1970). Human sexual inadequacy. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co..Google Scholar
  4. Masters, W. H., & Masters, V. J. (1979). Homosexuality in perspective. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co..Google Scholar
  5. Masters, W. H., Johnson, V. E., & Kolodny, R. C. (1979). Textbook of sexual medicine. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co..Google Scholar
  6. Masters, W. H., Johnson, V. E., & Kolodny, R. C. (1988). Crisis: Heterosexuality in the age of AIDS. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Perennial Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Weiner
    • 1
  • Constance Avery-Clark
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Sexual and Relationship Therapy and TrainingSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Sexual and Relationship Therapy and TrainingBoca RatonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA