Medicine: Oldsters & Sex

Old age and sex are not incompatible, according to two psychiatrists at Duke University. After interviewing 250 people, aged 60 to 93, Dr. Gustave Newman and Dr. Claude R. Nichols report in the A.M.A. Journal that even at 90 or over, people can, and often do, enjoy normal sexual relations.

The strength of an oldster's sexual life, the psychiatrists found, depends on his general strength: if he suffers from a serious disease, his sexual power wanes along with his other powers. It also depends on the strength of his sexual drive earlier in life. Without exception, the people who rated their...

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