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Sex research pioneer Johnson dead

Kansas City (Montana), July 26 (Reuters): Sex researcher Virginia Johnson, part of the famed Masters and Johnson team who conducted groundbreaking work on human sexuality, has died in St Louis at the age of 88.

Johnson suffered from various illnesses before her death on Wednesday at an assisted living centre, her son, Scott Johnson, said yesterday.

Virginia Johnson and William Masters, who died in 2001, met when she was a researcher for him at Washington University in St Louis in the 1950s. Masters, a physician at the university, began researching sex in 1954.

The couple’s best-selling book Human Sexual Response was published in 1966 after years of laboratory research and testing sexual arousal in couples. They published what was considered a second major study, Human Sexual Inadequacy, in 1970.

Her son said publication of the two books “forever changed the study of sex” and helped in the development of treatments for sexual dysfunction. “She was very proud of her life’s work,” Scott Johnson said.

Masters and Johnson married in 1971 and formed the Masters and Johnson Institute in St Louis to continue their research and reports. They divorced after 20 years. Robert Kolodny, a physician who studied with Masters and Johnson as a Washington University student in the 1960s and later became a researcher and training director at their institute, said Johnson was unique in the field of sex research.