Soundings

Obstetrician's distress

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1559a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1559
  1. James Owen Drife

    Charlotte and Arthur had been married for seven years when they attended my clinic because Charlotte was still virgo intacta. I have given them Bronte pseudonyms but in Yorkshire sexual medicine is much the same as elsewhere in Britain. Few clients live up to the strong, silent stereotype: “You're frowning, Heathcliff. Would you like to share your anger with us?”

    Treatment began with “sensate focus.” According to the standard texts, this involves the couple going home, getting naked, and relaxing together. They are advised to touch in a non-genital way and verbalise their feelings. I suspect this works better in California than in …

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