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September 16, 1998

International Group Seeks to Dispel Incontinence "Taboo"

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JAMA. 1998;280(11):951-953. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.951

NOW THAT IMPOTENCE has been ushered out of the closet by Pfizer Inc's Viagra (sildenafil citrate), urologists worldwide are hoping to break the silence surrounding another, equally embarrassing health condition.

"Bladder control problems seem to be the last real taboo of the 20th century," said Paul Abrams, MD, of the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England. "[Incontinence] is a widespread disease," added Saad Khoury, MD, of the urology clinic at Hôpital de la Pitié in Paris, France. "Unless there are clear and simple indications for diagnosis and treatment, practitioners will not be able to handle this disease in the proper way."

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