1956: Dr. Charles Alfred Kinsey, Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, dies. Fertility surgeon and specialist, Dr. William Howell Masters, also fascinated with the science surrounding human sexuality, meets future research partner, Virginia Ellis Johnson, at Washington University in Missouri.
Their work is their passion (Season 2)
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Did You Know?
William H. Masters
and Virginia Johnson
's work began in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis and continued at the not-for-profit research institution they founded in St. Louis in 1964. It was called the "Reproductive Biology Research Foundation" and renamed the "Masters & Johnson Institute" in 1978. See more
The final season depicts Masters believing in the modern idea that sexual orientation is innate and being reluctant at best to explore gay conversion therapy. In reality, Masters was a lifelong proponent of gay conversion therapy and never abandoned the practice. See more