Editorial Comment: The reports from the International Consultation on Sexual Medicine are being published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine throughout this year. This report was intended to be included in the February issue where it is cited in the editorial; however, it was erroneously omitted.
Highlights from the History of Sexual Medicine
Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2010
© 2010 International Society for Sexual Medicine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 7, Issue 6, pages 2031–2043, June 2010
How to Cite
Schultheiss, D. and Glina, S. (2010), Highlights from the History of Sexual Medicine. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7: 2031–2043. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.01866.x
- Issue online: 1 JUN 2010
- Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2010
- Sexual Medicine;
- History of Medicine;
- Erectile Dysfunction
Introduction. Today, we have a clear concept of sexual medicine and how to define this medical discipline. But historically, the unification of sexuality and medicine was not a given condition. Medicine was mainly focused on human reproduction and how to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases. Hardly any other aspect would have met the interest of medical doctors for centuries.
Methods. Historical review that can only highlight developments and milestones of sexual medicine and is not intended to be encyclopedic.
Results. Perhaps, the first true medicalization of sexuality was the dreadful anti-masturbation campaign led by doctors, beginning with Tissot, since the middle of the 18th century. In the 2nd half of the 19th century, first pioneers like the physician Paolo Mantagazza were systematically addressing issues related to human sexuality. This highly developing scientific field and medical community were destroyed after 1933 by the political influence of the national socialists in Europe. After World War II, a new era started with the works of Alfred Kinsey and other sexologists mainly in the United States of America.
Conclusions. The term sexual medicine was established around 1970, most likely in Europe, and subsequently resulted in a new worldwide academic and clinical speciality. Schultheiss D, and Glina S. Highlights from the history of sexual medicine. J Sex Med 2010;7:2031–2043.