A study of the artefacts of ancient civilisations reveals a phenomenon as meaningful in the 20th century as it was in those distant times. Just as breasts symbolised the concept of female fertility, the penis represented the worship of male potency.

The human psyche of the 20th century is still haunted by the primitive fears of antiquity: infertility, impotence and inadequacy. It is not surprising that a number of modern men desire a larger penis – particularly if they believe their own doesn't measure up. Psychologically – both short and long term – a small penis can cause as much mental damage as a wayward mother or brutish father.

Toronto-based surgeon Dr Robert H Stubbs, discussing his two-year study in which he operated on 300 men from all racial groups who desired a larger penis, said: "The anxiety expressed from all cultural and socio-economic groups was real. Insecurity about their penis size had haunted them since puberty, and the possibility of alleviating that anxiety surgically was an option many wanted. Operative discomfort was much less of a concern than the psychological pain that they had endured."

The average age of Dr Stubbs' patients was 37 and ranged from 18–74 years old. Thirty-eight per cent were or had been married; 41% had fathered at least one child; and 5% were homosexual.

"Many expressed anxiety about being undressed in front of other men. Others, especially athletes and body builders, were unhappy with their penis size relative to their body proportion. A significant number (27%) had been criticised about their penis size by female sexual partners. Most felt that their self-esteem would improve with a larger phallus."

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