Men's Health Blog

Testosterone - Short Histortical Introduction

Testosterone first became available in the 1930s, but it is only over the last 15 years or so that there has been much experience with it. I began my research with testosterone in 1975, working in the laboratory of David Crews, PhD, at Harvard University, as an undergraduate. When I graduated from urology residency in 1988, testosterone use as a medical therapy was rare, limited almost without exception to those few cases where men had lost their testicles to trauma or cancer, or to men with pituitary tumors.

 

The idea that a man with normal testicles and pituitary could experience symptoms from low levels of testosterone was almost unknown, and there was negligible experience treating these men with testosterone. Today, of course, this is the most common scenario we see.

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Welcome to my blog!

After nearly 30 years as a practicing physician and surgeon in the specialty of urology, I’ve seen many trends wax and wane in medicine. In addition, it has been humbling to observe my research play a significant role in changing theoretical concepts, as well as daily practice. Here in this blog, I will be addressing a number of topics based on my observations and conclusions, most on issues related to men’s health, but in some instances pertaining more broadly to medicine and science in general.

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Evolution of “Men’s Health”

After graduating from my resident training in urology at the Harvard Program in Urology based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 1988, I joined the staff at a sister Harvard Medical School institution, the Beth Israel Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), where I had done some of my training as well as a year of research. At the time, nearly all urologists treated everything within our field, including kidney stones, cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidneys, testicles, male sexual problems, urination problems, infertility, and urinary tract infections, to name several of the most common problems.

 

However, some forward-thinking academic centers were beginning to have their urologists specialize in one or more of these areas. Within my first year of practice, my chief, William DeWolf, MD, told me it was time for us to specialize. Based on my interests and prior research, I elected to specialize in male infertility and male sexual dysfunction.

 

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Dr. Morgentaler Dr. Morgentaler is an internationally recognized clinician and research authority on testosterone deficiency and its treatment and health effects.

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