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Animal Crackers

Michael Neve, 22 May 1986

Sexual Selection and Animal Genitalia 
by William Eberhard.
Harvard, 244 pp., £21.25, January 1986, 0 674 80283 7
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Females of the Species 
by Bettyann Kevles.
Harvard, 270 pp., £16.95, May 1986, 0 674 29865 9
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A Concise History of the Sex Manual 
by Alan Rusbridger and Posy Simmonds.
Faber, 204 pp., £10.95, April 1986, 0 571 13519 6
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... makes Rusbridger’s non-event of a book easily forgotten. In the case of William Eberhard and Bettyann Kevles, the sense of linguistic imprisonment is more important, raises much more interesting questions. For what their books are about, as against how they talk about it, matters. And particularly in Eberhard’s case, entombed in the sunless world ...

How to See inside a French Milkman

Peter Campbell, 31 July 1997

Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the 20th Century 
by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles.
Rutgers, 380 pp., $35.95, January 1997, 0 8135 2358 3
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... This is probably why some of the connections between medical imaging and works of art that Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles suggests seem shaky, and why, in much of the work which uses them, X-rays and scans are not much more than reminders, of a quasi-Jacobean sort, of the skull beneath the skin. It is easy, too, to push ...

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