Virtual Mentor. November 2014
This month in Virtual Mentor
Medicine’s Role in Validating Sexual Norms
Beyond treating dysfunction in human sexual reproduction, medicine has acquired a normative role—alongside the law and religion—in commenting on sexual behavior. How physicians got that role, how well they function in validating norms of sexual conduct, and their actual and possible advisory roles are the subjects of the November issue of Virtual Mentor. Contributors to the issue discuss, among other topics, the profession’s formal guide to sexual disorders—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—and propose ways in which physicians can improve how they talk with patients about sex-related concerns.
Sex: Where Morals and Medicine Collide The VM Editors Discussing sex in the medical context is rarely a matter of facts. Patients who ask “is it normal?” are looking for moral, not statistical, answers.
Interviewing a Patient about Intimate Partner Violence Charles Moser, PhD, MD In the same way that we learn about normal variations in blood pressure, we need to learn about “normal” variations in sexual interests and practices. We want to avoid clueless questions or unintentionally inflammatory statements.
Will Risk Compensation Accompany Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV? Jill Blumenthal, MD, and Richard H. Haubrich, MD Introduction of an intervention that reduces the perceived risk of a given behavior may cause a person to increase risky behavior—this is called “risk compensation.”
December Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession
January Intervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery
February The Culture of Medicine
March Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology
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