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January 4, 1980

Overcoming Impotence: What Every Husband & Wife Should Know

JAMA. 1980;243(1):72. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300270058035

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This book addresses psychological impotence. It is a distillate of the author's experience with more than 500 couples with sexual problems. It was written "to help couples who no longer can enjoy having sexual intercourse because the husband has developed impotence."

Almost the entire book, 65 of 75 pages, addresses male self-esteem and relationships between man and partner, with emphasis on the psychological interactions that exist between the couple and the effects of these forces on impotence. It is the author's contention that couples, through reading and discussion, will experience (1) a greater understanding of psychological impotence and (2) a better communications system, which, together, will result in a change in behavior. The first five chapters are devoted to these objectives and are assigned a time frame of two weeks.

The sixth (final) chapter outlines a program of continuing formal communication sessions, with emphasis on exploring feelings and specific sexual