Sexual Medicine: Sexual Dysfunctions in Men and Women Edition 2004
The first International Consultation on Erectile Dysfunction held in Paris, France July 1999 was a milestone in the history of scholarly research in men’s sexual function and dysfunction. The proceedings of congress, “Erectile Dysfunction: 1st International Consultation on Erectile Dysfunction” had become the most quoted reference on men’s sexual dysfunction in the world.
The ensuring years have seen an explosion of interest in both men’s and women’s sexual function and dysfunction. There are numerous scientific articles reporting topics from molecular biology to epidemiology to surgical treatments from all corners of the world. The Second International Consultation inherited this great tradition and expanded the agenda to cover and update the knowledge related to function and dysfunction of both genders. This proceeding is thus correctly named “Sexual Medicine” with the first volume to men’s sexual function and dysfunction and the second to women’s sexual health and dysfunction.
The more than 200 members of the 19 committees are all internationally known scholars and experts from the 5 continents of the globe. This marvellous proceeding is the product of 4 preparatory meetings, 4 days of presentations, debates and discussions in Paris and numerous hours of hard work of the committee members and their committee chairpersons. Besides the committees on male-specific conditions such as penile prosthesis, Peyronie’s disease and penile reconstruction, all other committees are charged to address issues related to both men and women. Therefore, there is a welcomed huge expansion on the findings of research related to women’s sexual function and dysfunction in this book. Although the common theme is an update on the science and expert opinion, individual committees have the freedom to add different flavours to its style and content - making it a truly world effort in this endeavour. Although evidence-based medicine is the guiding principle in selecting and analyzing articles, consensus expert opinion and geographic, religious and cultural factors are also taken into consideration in forming the recommendations.
Besides updated information on both men’s and women’s sexual health issues and dysfunction, several notable topics are new to this book. There include: 1) Quantitatie research vs. evidence based medicine: 2) Male Sexual Dysfunction; 3) a brief psychosexual evaluation questionnaire which gives the clinicians a user-friendly tool to properly evaluate the psychosexual aspect of the patient; 4) brain imaging; and 5) greatly expanded coverage of sexual dysfunction in women.
This tremendous world-wide task would be impossible without the vision of the International Consultation, the generous support of various organizations and industry and the flawless coordination by Professor. Saad Khoury and his staff.
T F Lue, Rosemary Basson, Raymond Rosen, Francois Guiliano, Saad Khoury, Francesco Montorsi
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