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Introduction to psychosexual medicine
  1. David Thomas Evans
  1. Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Thomas Evans, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK; D.T.Evans{at}greenwich.ac.uk

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The task of psychosexual medicine, including expert genital examination, is “to help the person first complete the job of expressing, and then hearing, their own story1 ” (page 10). The emphasis through this textbook, produced by the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine (IPM), is demonstrated in compassionate case studies and thoughtful processes of reflection. The task is to examine the “here and now” of the clinician–patient encounter, while respecting the “there and then” of the client's history.

The Institute (www.ipm.org) now admits nurses, physiotherapists and other clinical professionals to undertake its programmes of education. This book will therefore be of value to clinicians who want to know more, especially about pathophysiological underpinnings of illnesses or conditions; the psychosexual impact these can have on the body, mind and relationships, and the ways in which …

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