Stay Healthy at Every Age: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know

Overview

The most important thing in your life is your health. To protect your health, you need to pay attention to it.

It's a bit like having a car, in fact: to protect your investment in a car, you want to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. So, just as routine auto tune-ups prevent major repairs down the road, regular medical checkups can keep you driving right by the hospital.

Dr. Shantanu Nundy's book describes the diagnostic tests ...

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Overview

The most important thing in your life is your health. To protect your health, you need to pay attention to it.

It's a bit like having a car, in fact: to protect your investment in a car, you want to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. So, just as routine auto tune-ups prevent major repairs down the road, regular medical checkups can keep you driving right by the hospital.

Dr. Shantanu Nundy's book describes the diagnostic tests needed for "routine maintenance," including what and who is involved and when the tests should be done. It also covers all the common diseases, explaining causes, symptoms, and treatment. To guard against disease before it develops, the book provides and interprets at-a-glance schedules for screening, preventive medicine (such as heart disease prevention and infectious disease vaccinations), and counseling as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Like the checklists found in the owner's manual of your vehicle, Dr. Nundy's simple preventive health guidelines will keep your motor running longer and stronger.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book translates many of the American practice guidelines into an easy-to-read book for lay people. The author relates that he wrote this for his mother to help her understand preventive medicine better.
Purpose: In explaining why he wrote this book for his mother, the author notes that this can be a checklist for all people of different ages. In a time when people are barraged with medicine advertisements and conflicting opinions from numerous experts, this is a helpful, clearly written book.
Audience: The audience includes those in the general population who wish to learn more about current preventive medicine guidelines.
Features: The book does a good job of explaining preventive medicine guidelines and adds helpful descriptions of what is involved, for example, in a colonoscopy in a Socratic question-and-answer format. Although this approach helps to make the book an easy read, some of the guidelines are not explained well. For example, the guideline for gonorrhea screening notes that it is applicable to sexually active people — does that mean people who are in a truly monogamous relationship need screening? Granted, there are some who think their partners are monogamous and are surprised when they find out otherwise. However, many people will find the generalization that all people need a specific screening a bit insulting, which is why physicians need to have free and open discussions with their patients. The chapter on breast cancer screening could have delved into the screening controversy and helped explain why different groups make different recommendations. This is somewhat of a lost opportunity.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice, useful book for people who have little or no association with medicine to help understand what the guidelines mean, but while it discusses the guidelines, it misses numerous opportunities to bridge the patient-physician communication gap.
Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book translates many of the American practice guidelines into an easy-to-read book for lay people. The author relates that he wrote this for his mother to help her understand preventive medicine better.
Purpose: In explaining why he wrote this book for his mother, the author notes that this can be a checklist for all people of different ages. In a time when people are barraged with medicine advertisements and conflicting opinions from numerous experts, this is a helpful, clearly written book.
Audience: The audience includes those in the general population who wish to learn more about current preventive medicine guidelines.
Features: The book does a good job of explaining preventive medicine guidelines and adds helpful descriptions of what is involved, for example, in a colonoscopy in a Socratic question-and-answer format. Although this approach helps to make the book an easy read, some of the guidelines are not explained well. For example, the guideline for gonorrhea screening notes that it is applicable to sexually active people — does that mean people who are in a truly monogamous relationship need screening? Granted, there are some who think their partners are monogamous and are surprised when they find out otherwise. However, many people will find the generalization that all people need a specific screening a bit insulting, which is why physicians need to have free and open discussions with their patients. The chapter on breast cancer screening could have delved into the screening controversy and helped explain why different groups make different recommendations. This is somewhat of a lost opportunity.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice, useful book for people who have little or no association with medicine to help understand what the guidelines mean, but while it discusses the guidelines, it misses numerous opportunities to bridge the patient-physician communication gap.
Los Angeles Times
Those who want to better understand common health conditions and determine whether they're getting the recommended preventive care for their age may find [ Stay Healthy at Every Age] a helpful, trustworthy resource.

— Anne Colby

Choice

Recommended.

Midwest Book Review

General health collections will find this accessible and important!

Los Angeles Times - Anne Colby

Those who want to better understand common health conditions and determine whether they're getting the recommended preventive care for their age may find [ Stay Healthy at Every Age] a helpful, trustworthy resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801893933
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Shantanu Nundy, M.D., is a physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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