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March 9, 1994

The Penis

Author Affiliations

Albany (NY) Medical Center

JAMA. 1994;271(10):794. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510340084046

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The Penis is the first monograph devoted entirely to diseases of the penis.

This multiauthored work begins with well-illustrated and thorough chapters on embryology, anatomy, and physiology. Two short, concise chapters cover congenital anomalies. Kelami's chapter, "Penile Deviation," gives an interesting perspective on the workup of this not uncommon condition but could have been combined with the chapter on Peyronie's disease for better continuity.

The 32-page "mini-treatise" on cutaneous penile lesions contains excellent photographs, descriptions, and up-to-date management information on the multitude of conditions any physician may see in practice. The chapter on priapism covers the subject in detail and has clear algorithms and tables with diagrams of the surgical management of this condition, which requires emergency treatment.

Nearly half the book is devoted to the evaluation and treatment of impotence. Lakin and Montague's chapter "NonSurgical Therapeutic Alternatives for Impotence" is timely and thorough and gives the clinician the methodology

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