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Insights into intimacy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0-g
  1. Richard Smith, editor (

    Two qualitative studies in this week's journal provide insights into intimacy—one into the intimacy of sex, the other into the intimacy of the consultation between a patient and a general practitioner. Both are closed worlds where third parties can never quite know what happens.

    John M Tomlinson and David Wright have used semistructured interviews to explore what erectile dysfunction means to men (p 1037). All the men had been treated and much of the originality of the study lies in half of the sample being selected because treatment had failed. Many men are devastated by the …

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