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CNN's review of The Virility Solution
on 31 May 1998
Review by Jim Argendeli
May 1, 1998
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In the future, "Are you on the pill?" may be a question asked of a man
as well as a woman.
In the book "The Virility Solution" by Dr. Steven Lamm and Gerald
Couzens, the pills in question are the new and highly publicized male
potency drugs Viagra (sildenafil) and Vasomax (phentolamine). Lamm, a
New York City internist, and Couzens have written a very readable,
educational, eye-opening book -- not just about Viagra and Vasomax but
how the medication changes a man's definition of his own sexuality and
the effects it has on his partner.
The book tells of the surprising discovery of the medication and the
history of the treatment of male sexual disorders. The authors use case
studies and interviews to show the varieties of problems men and their
partners experienced pre-Viagra and the uncomfortable and awkward
solutions that were available, which included self-injection and
However, the book is not just a public relations vehicle for the drugs.
The authors discuss the potential side effects (headaches, muscle pain)
and insist that patients treat the cause of their problems (physical or
mental). They also discuss overall health programs involving diet and
exercise. Long-term effects of the drugs are still to be determined.
The recent media exposure about the drugs lifted the covers off a
problem many men were too embarrassed to talk about, and in the first
week following Viagra's approval by the FDA, a record 36,000
prescriptions were filled.
As the book points out, having to take medication is not a sign of
weakness or inadequacy -- it means a man is dealing with his problem and
overcoming it in the most painless, practical way possible.