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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James Algiers, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a small softcover pocket book on men's health.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review issues unique to men's health and to provide a ready reference.
Audience: The book is intended for general practitioners in the U.K. and primary care providers in the U.S.
Features: As stated in the preface, although more males are born, they die earlier than females. Trauma, lifestyle, and a tendency to ignore preventable entities account for some of the increased mortality and morbidity. In one chapter, though, the contributor states, "on seeing a young male adult with an acute febrile illness and enlarged nodes, the diagnosis of HIV infection is far from the G.P.'s mind." This may be the case in the U.K., but I am sure it is no longer true in the U.S. The easy manner of written prose, friendly but thorough, adds to the attraction of this book. Tables of explanation are not too numerous or distracting. The chapters are short, concise, to the point, and well written. Obviously, the male-specific urological chapters set a unique tone for male health issues, and the space devoted to BPH and cancer of the prostate is appropriate. STDs and issues of impotence, performance, and sterility are thorough but not redundant. This book is pre-Viagra, but is direct in its approach to vascular problems of diabetics or causes of impotence in that select group. Subtle, empathetic overtones of understanding filter through the book, making it attractive to U.S. readers. I especially enjoyed the chapter on "Problems of Not Working," demonstrating the psychological devastation of downsizing and industry cutbacks to middle-aged workers. "Lying in harbor rots good ships and good men," as Lord Nelson noted.
Assessment: This is a clear, concise, thorough, well-written reference for quick review with excellent references for each chapter.