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Top: Caverject.  ED can be successfully treated by injecting certain drugs into the corpora cavernosa, which is the spongy tissue that holds the blood during an erection. Middle: The Heidelberg Belt used voltaic batteries to generate a current to the wearer, increasing circulation and stimulating nerves; it was designed to cure 'weakness peculiar to man.' Bottom: Galvanic Ring is a hard rubber ring with voltaic batteries that was placed around scrotum to improve sexual function.  Donor Steve Chekey.
Out of the Darkness: Sexual Dysfunction Disorders Enter Public Spotlight

Urologists are leading the march as sexual medicine moves into the next century. After all, few physicians are as adept at carrying the flag for our most intimate issues as those already treating our most private conditions.

But, despite the vast inroads made in the field of sexual dysfunction in recent years, it took the better part of a century before doctors of any stripe stepped up to deal with the condition—in either gender. Today, urologists are behind a scientific explosion in the field as it relates to both male and female sexual dysfunction.

Long left to believe sexual problems were psychological, women have seen a rapid turn of events in recent years as doctors investigate the issue: There's now proof that the arousal-to-orgasm miscues some women experience can originate in their bodies, not just in their heads.

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