Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Men behaving madly: testosterone replacement therapy

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1493
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    When young, they get overexcited, climb trees, and fight. As adolescents, their earphones blare out thrash metal, and they grunt in response to any question. Testosterone makes them spotty, hairy, and moody, and sport becomes their only social expression. But feed and water them and with appropriate direction they can, in a limited menial way, contribute to society.

    Their youth washes off and clogs the sink in their 20s, thanks again to testosterone. They start to go blind, unable to find their own clothes (usually because they have been tidied away), and seem to …

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