Illness and Individual Reactions

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
  • Giorgio Franco
  • Fulvio Colombo


Surgical disease and subsequent surgery have specific clinical names. However, each patient has his own way of dealing with it, a strategy to overcome it, and an assessment of the capacity of the surgeon and the nursing staff.

The psychosexologist translates to the “multiple languages” of each individual patient and invests them in the clinical process of each individual.


Diagnosis of patients Family role models Expectations of the surgeon Family and ethnic beliefs about the disease Andrological surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
    • 1
  • Giorgio Franco
    • 2
  • Fulvio Colombo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urology Sexual Medical CenterSan Raffaele HospitalMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of UrologySapienza UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Andrology UnitSant’Orsola University HospitalBolognaItaly

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