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May 14, 1982

Sexual Problems in Medical Practice

JAMA. 1982;247(18):2595. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320430091043

This book is the second to result from a recommendation by the Committee on Human Reproduction of the American Medical Association, to provide source material for the physician to improve his understanding and knowledge of human sexuality. The first book, Human Sexuality, was published ten years ago. This new volume, under the editorial direction of Harold I. Lief, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, is longer and provides a more clinical focus. Its main strength and effectiveness, however, lie in the presentation of solid information, the acquisition of which will help the physician to overcome feelings of anxiety and discomfort, thus allowing him to be more effective in treating patients with sexual complaints.

The book is divided into three sections: "Basic Information," "Clinical Aspects," and "Management Consideration." The first section includes current information on sexual physiology, nosology, a brief review of classic psychodynamic theory regarding psychosexual