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Manhood: The Rise and Fall of the Penis

By Mels van Driel

Reaktion Books 288pp £21.95 order from our bookshop

This was a stiff assignment: three hundred pages of information, lore, reflection and clinical data written up by a Dutch urologist in a quirky style that veers between flaccid exposition and penetrating analysis. Manhood is not a volume for the faint-hearted.

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