History of Urologic Prostheses

  • Culley C. Carson
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)


The problem of erectile dysfunction (ED) has been reported since recorded history. Descriptions of erections and ED can be seen in Egyptian tombs, Greek cup paintings, the works of Ovid, the Old Testament, and in the writings of Hypocrites (1). In these early days, cures included prayer, recipes for magic potions and aphrodisiacs, and visits to shamans. Although the placebo effect on ED is clearly important and many of these treatments obviously produced success, agents such as Yohimbine may have had some additional physiologic effect to improve ED. The treatment of ED using prosthetic devices, however, has long been a goal of physicians, urologists, and surgeons.


Erectile Dysfunction Silicone Rubber Corpus Cavernosa Tunical Albuginea Prosthetic Device 
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