From the discussion of the history of the field, the evolution of nomenclature, and emerging data on epidemiology, it is clear that this is a field in rapid evolution. Most of the impetus for this change came from the discovery of effective oral therapies for male sexual disorder and the subsequent search for similar therapies for women. This has contributed to better studies of the epidemiology of these disorders and to debates about the proper nomenclature. In addition, clinicians have begun trying to find which psychological, pharmacological, or combined approach is most suited to treat these disorders (49,50).

The purpose of this book was to assemble experts in treatment of each disorder into one text so that this text could serve as a treatment guide for students and practicing clinicians. Ultimately, we hope that those who will benefit the most are our patients. Patient sexual satisfaction may be associated with many health factors, including a reduced risk for subsequent new severe disabilities (51).

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