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November 20, 1948

The Treatment of Impotence with Special Reference to Mechanotherapy

JAMA. 1948;138(12):932. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120074049

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This short monograph deals primarily with mechanotherapy in the treatment of impotence. The author gives a history of the various apparatuses that have been used in the treatment of impotence, and then describes in detail a gadget called the "coitus training apparatus." Then follows a discussion of indications and technic of its use. Eleven case reports of impotence treated by this method combined with psychotherapy are given. It is difficult to evaluate this method of treatment. Apparently, from the evidence presented, the gadget described by the author has a place in the treatment of some forms of impotence. This monograph will be of greatest interest to those who specialize in sex disorders.