Depression and impotence

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1439b (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1439
  1. R P Snaith
  1. Academic Unit of Psychiatry, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF.

    EDITOR, - For a long period erectile dysfunction (impotence) was assumed to have primarily a psychological basis. Except in cases of severe neurological impairment and endocrinopathies, the management of the disorder was handed to psychotherapists, marriage counsellors, or whoever else might be found to offer guidance. In the 1960s Masters and Johnson set out a view of the nature of sexually dysfunctional disorders together with a plan of treatment that was persuasive and partially successful1; they provided …

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