HOOKED: New science on how casual sex is affecting our childrenJoe S McIlhaney & Freda McKissic Bush, 2008, 163pp Price: £11.50,


In addition to the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections associated with sexual activity among young people, this book highlights the third risk of emotional and psychological damage. The authors, both obstetrician-gynaecologists, contend that our make-up is not limited to satisfying appetites and that we cannot dissociate sexual activity from the rest of what we are as human beings. With a particular emphasis on recent neuro-scientific research, they present in an accessible format evidence to demonstrate that keeping sex within a lifelong union between a husband and wife is the healthiest way to live – both physically and emotionally.