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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book about testosterone and aging is written under the imprimatur of the Institute of Medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to review what is known about testosterone and aging and to suggest and prioritize research in the area of testosterone and aging for the future.
Audience: Its audience will be endocrinologists, geriatricians, urologists, and clinical researchers. All the authors are leading experts in the field and the methodologies used to arrive at the conclusions are first-rate.
Features: The book reviews the endocrinology of testosterone and the extant studies regarding testosterone treatment in older men regarding cognition, strength, quality of life, muscle mass, and sexual function.
Assessment: This is a first-rate review of the area. It points the way for future studies and discusses some of the practical difficulties in doing this sort of research. It is elegantly presented and edited, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read.