Sexuality and Medicine

Volume I: Conceptual Roots

  • Earl E. Shelp

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Human Sexuality

  3. Sexuality and Sexual Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Joseph Margolis
      Pages 139-152
    3. Jerome Neu
      Pages 153-184
    4. Robert C. Solomon
      Pages 205-224
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book


When confronted by the concerns of human sexual function or dys­ function, American medicine finds itself well impaled on the horns of a dilemma. Currently it is acceptable medical practice to treat sexual dysfunctions, disorders, or dissatisfactions that arise from psy­ chogenic etiologies, endocrine imbalances, neurologic defects or are side effects of necessary medication regimes. In addition, implanta­ tion of penile prostheses in cases of organic impotence is an increas­ ingly popular surgical procedure. These clinical approaches to sexual inadequacies, accepted by medicine since 1970, represent one horn of the dilemma. The opposite horn pictures the medical profession firmly backed into a corner by cultural influences. For example, when hospital admissions occur, a significant portion of the routine medical history is the section on system review. A few questions are asked about the cardio-respiratory, the genito-urinary, and the gastro-intestinal sys­ tems. But in a preponderance of hospitals no questions are permitted or, if raised, answers are not recorded about human sexual functioning. Physicians tend to forget that they are victims of cultural imposition first and of professional training a distant second.


health infertility philosophy sexuality therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Earl E. Shelp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Religion, and Center for Ethics, Medicine, and Public IssuesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-2386-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3725-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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