Introduction

Normal sexual function means different things to different people. It is studied by a variety of disciplines: biology, physiology, psychology, medicine (in the domains of endocrinology, gynaecology, psychiatry, urology, and venereology), sociology, ethology, culture, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and history. There is often little liaison or cross-fertilization between these disciplines and each has its own literature and terminology. Some are regarded as 'hard science', suggesting hypotheses that can be supported or rejected by experiment, observation, or quantitative factual evidence. Others are looked on as 'soft science', where individual and anecdotal evidence are the norm and are encouraged.

As space is limited, this chapter will characterize 'normal sexual activity' in the Western world mainly from biological, physiological, and psychological aspects but will ocasionally utilize other disciplines when they yield insights not available from the 'harder sciences.'

Breaking Bulimia

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We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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