The term ANDROLOGY was introduced in 1951 by Harold Siebke, a Professor of Gynecology in Bonn, Germany. However, many years passed before the term gained acceptance. It was not until 1969 when, due to the efforts of Dr. Carl Schirren of Hamburg, that the first scientific journal dedicated to the subject titled ANDROLOGIE initiated its publication in West Germany (Schirren, 1985). Now, ANDROLOGY is recognized as an area of science and medicine, which fosters a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach to the study of male reproduction. ANDROLOGY encompasses both basic and clinical sciences. It includes research in biochemistry, genetics, histology, immunology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and endocrinology. It also includes urology, microsurgery, gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychology and animal husbandry.
Founded in 1975, the American Society of Andrology (ASA) is a unique partnership of scientists and clinicians with over 600 members from all over the world. The Society exists to promote scientific interchange and knowledge of the male reproductive system by cultivating a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of male reproduction and health.