© 1984

Varicocele and Male Infertility II

  • M. Glezerman
  • E. W. Jecht
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. F. H. Comhaire
      Pages 1-1
  3. Physiopathology

  4. Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. A. Hirsh, J. P. Pryor
      Pages 55-59
    3. D. Fontana, S. D. Bianchi, D. F. Randone, M. Bellina, L. Rolle, G. Fasolis
      Pages 60-63
    4. D. Nicolaij, W. Coucke, G. Lamberigts, O. Steeno, A. van Steen, M. De Roo et al.
      Pages 64-71
    5. J. Leclere, P. Thouvenot, R. Mizrahi, P. Genton, J. Robert, D. Regent
      Pages 72-77
    6. F. H. Comhaire, M. Kunnen, M. Vandeweghe, M. Simons
      Pages 78-81
  5. Therapy

About these proceedings


F. H. Comhaire Many diseases were, at the beginning, merely defined by the description of their clinical appearance. Next, the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the diseases were recognized. Since then, the proof of presence of the pathogenic agent or agents has been required to confirm the diagnosis. However, it sometimes happens that the pathogenic agent can be demonstrated without the disease being clinically evident. Confusion arising from this observation may cause endless, often purely emotional discussions between "believers" and "non-believers". Moreover, if the disease involves potential disturbance of male fertility, the problem is further obscured by the difficulty of defining man's fertility. Indeed, during the short history of andrology, the criteria for judging a man and his ejaculate as potentially fertile or infertile have repeatedly changed. Andrological "landmarks" in general do not hold up for long, and some scientists continue to set themselves the task of proving the "old" definitions invalid. Certainly, such developments are necessary to make science more exact and to improve medical care. However, while this research is being done, the male partners of barren marriages continue to seek advice and treatment. Common sense and an empirical approach in the handling of these cases may result in obviously encouraging results, which non-believers will ascribe to "witchcraft" and believers will see as confirmation of their opinions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. Glezerman
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. W. Jecht
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Obstetrics and GynecologySoroka Medical CenterBeer ShebaIsrael
  2. 2.Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShebaIsrael
  3. 3.Section of Andrology Dept. of DermatologyUniversity of Erlangen-Nürnberg School of MedicineErlangenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Varicocele and Male Infertility II
  • Editors M. Glezerman
    E.W. Jecht
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-12985-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-69435-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 124
  • Number of Illustrations 37 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urology
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