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May 25, 1940

Sexual Disorders in the Male

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By Kenneth Walker, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to the Genito-Urinary Department, Royal Northern Hospital, London, and Eric B. Strauss, D.M., F.R.C.P., Physician for Psychological Medicine, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. With a foreword by Sir Walter Langdon-Brown, M.A., M.D., D.Sc. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 248. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2144. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210076036

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This is a work by a urologist and a psychoanalyst. It is practical but unfortunately contains some glaring errors. The authors seem to be well acquainted with similar works by American authors, for they frequently quote from these works. Nevertheless they state in the introduction that "although there are several excellent reference books on sexology, notably those of Havelock Ellis, there exists no practical manual on how to deal with the various forms of sexual disability that are met with in the consulting room." Another statement which is hard to imagine emanating from a urologist is: "Mr. Kenneth Walker has become convinced by clinical experience that something like 90 per cent of sexual disorders in the male are mainly psychological in origin and that the success claimed for surgical procedures in such cases is chiefly due to their suggestive value." If such a statement had come from a psychoanalyst, one

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