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Medical and Psychiatric Perspectives on Human Sexual Behavior

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

Abstract

Other than somewhat improved anatomical and physiological understanding, in the areas of human sexuality medicine and psychiatry have not progressed much beyond the 19th century situation described by Duffy. Improved behavioral science research has overturned most traditional medico-psychiatric theories of sexual disorder (see e.g. [6, 7, 49]). Psychiatrists squabble over theories of sexual disorder in debates marked by a near total absence of scientifically credible non-anecdotal evidence. Bleeding, purging, sweating, and the like now take the form of catharsis on the therapist’s couch, the bizarre cross-dressing therapies which, although psychologically debilitating [61], have become common in the treatment of gender dysphoria, etc. The inclusion of the paraphilias in DSM-III [3] is supported only by anecdotal or wishful evidence that fails to meet minimal scientific evidential standards [53, 54, 56]. The efficacy of psychotherapeutic techniques is unknown, and problems of control virtually preclude any objective empirical evaluation [26]. What would count as a cure is hopelessly obscure [52].

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American Psychiatric Association Sexual Identity Gender Dysphoria Moral Authority Gender Identity Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Suppe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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