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August 5, 1983

Clinical Management of Sexual Disorders

Author Affiliations

Loyola University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1983;250(5):675-676. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340050079041

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This second edition is awkward for many reasons. (1) It seems to search for a readership group, or perhaps it aims to reach all health professionals with divergent levels of sophistication from basic physical examinations to animal research. (2) There are numerous subsections in various chapters that address different aspects of the same topic without any harmonious linkage system. (3) The index system is grossly deficient, so that the busy professional might never track down some of the good concepts available. For example, experiencedeficit and information-deficit related disorders on page 46 are helpful additions to an etiologic classification that is listed but not indexed and, therefore, not now retrievable. Fantasy is mentioned often in the text, but never in the index to assist the busy clinician. Dyspareunia in the index overlooks the useful gynecologist segment on page 133, perhaps because the term "painful intercourse" was used in that segment but