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June 1934


Arch NeurPsych. 1934;31(6):1292-1296. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250060178014

Scientific interest in the psychic factors associated with priapism is of recent date. Cases of priapism which could not be attributed to any of the many common causes for priapism, such as trauma to the cord, leukemia and local irritations, were grouped as idiopathic. Among the so-called idiopathic cases one can discern psychic factors which might account for the condition, but which were rarely emphasized by the observers. Even writers of the psychoanalytic school who have delved so extensively and deeply into the psychogenesis of physical manifestations have little to say on the subject. The following case, therefore, seems worthy of note.

REPORT OF A CASE  A well built, apparently physically healthy Negro, aged 22, from Santo Domingo, was admitted to the genito-urinary service of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, on July 2, 1931, suffering from priapism. The condition had existed for about sixteen hours prior to admission and was

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