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March 12, 1938

Die Störungen der Sexualfunktion bei Mann und Weib

JAMA. 1938;110(11):837. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790110063027

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The title of this small monograph, which presupposes a discussion of the disorders of the sexual function, is really misleading. The main portion of the work is taken up with impotence and only about fifteen pages is reserved for sterility. The subjects of masturbation, pollution, priapism, satyriasis, nymphomania, vaginismus and similar definite disorders of the sexual function in both sexes are not considered at all. There are, however, some sensible views uttered in the text. The author states correctly that impotence and frigidity are not diagnoses but symptom complexes and that for this reason the treatment varies with the individual cause. This is a sensible and necessary conception, because of late many drugs and operations have been recommended for impotence without any attempt at differentiating with regard to the basic pathologic condition.

The author warns against considering every form of impotence as imagination on the part of the patient and

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