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Acrotomophilia, sex and disability: New concepts and case report


Sexual disability is commonly thought of as being secondary to another condition or disease. It may also be a primary disability of the peripheral genitalia, or of their mental governance in the brain/mind. Paraphilias are an example of the latter. Acrotomophilia is a paraphilia that pertains to amputation and amputees. Apotemnophilia pertains to self-amputation. Each of these little known syndromes offers a challenge to diagnosis and to sex therapy.

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Supported by USPHS Grant HD00325 and Grant #83086900, the William T. Grant Foundation.

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Money, J., Simcoe, K.W. Acrotomophilia, sex and disability: New concepts and case report. Sex Disabil 7, 43–50 (1984).

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  • Sexual Disability
  • Primary Disability
  • Mental Governance