Boys Into Men

Boys Into Men

by Mark Goldstein, Myrna Chandler Goldstein, Myrna Chandler Goldstein, Myrna Chandler Goldstein
     
 

What are the most prevalent sports injuries for male teenagers? How should a guy protect himself from injury or disease while enjoying outdoor activities? Is it normal for a teenager to feel depressed? Answers to these questions and others often asked by adolescent boys can be found in this straightforward guide written specifically for them. Goldstein, a physician

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Overview

What are the most prevalent sports injuries for male teenagers? How should a guy protect himself from injury or disease while enjoying outdoor activities? Is it normal for a teenager to feel depressed? Answers to these questions and others often asked by adolescent boys can be found in this straightforward guide written specifically for them. Goldstein, a physician who specializes in care for adolescents, provides examples from his own practice to explain the most common ailments of this age group, as well as to provide boys with the choices they can make to help keep themselves healthy.

Arranged topically, each chapter covers a different aspect of mind and body. Readers will discover what physical changes they can expect at their age, as well as the most common physical ailments. They can also find out what psychological changes they may be experiencing and why, along with ways to get help for serious problems like drug and alcohol abuse or suicidal tendencies. The many topics covered include: nutrition, sports, injuries, sexuality, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and cross cultural issues. Written with an emphasis on wellness, advice is given on how to prevent injuries and disease, as well as how to care for one's body through good habits like eating well and getting enough sleep. Boys are encouraged to take care of themselves and to develop open and honest relationships with their physicians to help insure a happy and healthy adolescence.

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"What are the most prevalent sports injuries for male teenagers? How should a guy protect himself from injury or disease while enjoying outdoor activities? Is it normal for a teenager to feel depressed? Answers to these questions and others often asked by adolescent boys can be found in this straightforward guide written specifically for them. Mark Goldstein, a physician who specializes in care for adolescents, provides examples from his own practice to explain the most common ailments of this age group, as well as to provide boys with the choices they can make to help keep themselves healthy." - Adolescence

"This is a book that belongs in the reference section and also in the circulating collection. It has all the information that young adult males need, but are usually afraid to ask. . . . Essential." - Blanche Woolls & David Loertscher (GaleGroup.com)

"A useful guide that answers just about every question an adolescent boy could ask. Boys will find the information easy to read and understand. . . . This is a guide that should be available for students to use in every middle and high school library. Recommended." - The Book Report

". . . the book covers many health issues that might be difficult for boys to discuss with their parents or healthcare givers. . . . an appropriate additional resource for larger collections." - VOYA

VOYA
Written by an adolescent healthcare specialist and his freelance writer wife, this book attempts to cover the spectrum of healthcare issues for adolescent males. Dividing adolescence into three time frames—twelve to fourteen, fifteen to eighteen, and nineteen to twenty-one years old—the Goldsteins present information on various areas of physical and emotional growth and development. A wealth of information on general and sports nutrition, sexuality, substance abuse, sports injuries and medicine, adolescent medical concerns, outdoor and wilderness health, life issues, mental and emotional health, cross-cultural issues related to health, issues for gay adolescents, and chronic conditions is offered, although not in much depth. All chapters, however, have further reading lists, and many have lists of agencies to contact for more information. The tone is sometimes patronizing and preachy, however, especially when dealing with topics such as sexuality or substance abuse. The cover art portraying three young boys who appear to be eleven or twelve years old might prevent older teens from picking up the book. Although there are some inherent problems with the writing style and depth of information, the book covers many health issues that might be difficult for boys to discuss with their parents or healthcare givers. At all times, the authors encourage the teen reader to find a healthcare specialist that he trusts and with whom he can feel comfortable. This resource should not be purchased as a primary or only source of information on teen health issues but would be an appropriate additional resource for larger collections. Index. Illus. Charts. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYACODES: 2Q 2P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Greenwood, 216p. PLB Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Linda Roberts SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The Goldsteins take on a host of physical- and mental-health issues that are common among adolescent boys. They include possible sports injuries and those that can occur while engaging in outdoor activities, issues related to sexuality and emotional health, chronic conditions and diseases, and issues of special concern to gay teens. Much of the text has an avuncular tone, frequently beginning a section with an anecdote about one of Dr. Mark Goldstein's patients before launching into a discussion of the specific issues involved. Frequent pencil drawings, many of them humorous, add to the nonthreatening tone. Despite the obvious sincerity of the effort, the book seems rather slapdash. The tense frequently jumps from second person to third person, from a formal to an informal voice. Some sections, such as the discussion of a minor's right to seek medical care with or without parental consent, will leave many readers baffled, and, in some cases, the information is questionable. For example, it isn't necessary for campers in the U.S. to cover themselves with mosquito netting to protect against vampire-bat attacks. Each chapter includes sources for more information, but the magazines listed are frequently medical journals that will probably be too difficult for many readers. Lynda Madaras's The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys (Newmarket, 2000) is a better, though not as comprehensive choice.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Mark, who has taught and practiced adolescent medicine, and Myrna, an independent writer, look at such aspects as epidemiology and statistics, physical and emotional growth and development, sexuality, sports injuries and medicine, adolescent medical concerns and practices, outdoor and wilderness health, mental and emotional health issues, cross-cultural issues, gay adolescents, and chronic conditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313309663
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

MARK A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D., an adolescent medicine specialist, is Chief of Pediatrics and Student Health Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School.

MYRNA CHANDLER GOLDSTEIN has been a freelance writer and independent scholar for two decades. Her website is Doing Good, While Doing Business: Support Socially Responsible Companies (www.changethemold.com). She is the author of Boys Into Men, Controversies in Food and Nutrition, and Controversies in the Practice of Medicine with Greenwood Press.

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