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May 8, 1967

Sexual Problems: Diagnosis and Treatment in Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

Newtown, Conn

JAMA. 1967;200(6):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120190188046

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Based in part on a symposium offered at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine in 1964, this fairly brief volume is an eminently readable primer on sexual problems. Eighteen coauthors have contributed 22 short chapters which vary considerably in interest and degree of sophistication but which form a generally cohesive and well-rounded entity. Despite the multiple authorship, the degree of repetition is not annoying.

Emphasis is placed on classically accepted psychoanalytic interpretations which are presented briefly but lucidly. Several contributors rightfully stress the relative neglect in medical education of the important area of sexual problems. Possibly the most interesting, and most controversial, chapter is Greenson's "Masculinity and Femininity in our Time," in which the author emphasizes the idea that American women have become sexually more aggressive while American males have been "demasculinized." Thus, psychological differences between the sexes have become increasingly blurred in our current society. Hopefully,