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The first edition of "Textbook of Men’s Health" did much to establish and define the scope of the emerging subspecialty of aging men’s health. This revised and updated edition, with new sections on basic sciences and sexual dysfunction, has a small but significant change of approach – reflected in the new title.

The central mission of the new edition is to unpick normal physiologic aging in men from pathologic processes, eschewing any material that is routinely available in the standard textbooks of medicine and geriatrics in order to maintain a uniquely male perspective. This means a focus on the age-related decline in sex steroids and other hormones and the pathological and clinical consequences. Wherever possible, the book records consensus on diagnostic criteria, emphasizes evidence-based medicine and highlights translational science.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored international textbook of geriatric medicine and gerontology specific to men.
Purpose: Its purpose is to cull what is known specifically about the aging and illnesses of men. This is a useful point of view and the authors address it thoroughly.
Audience: The audience here is fairly broad. The readership includes geriatricians, gerontologists, urologists, endocrinologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Features: The book is divided into 12 sections and an epilogue. The beginning chapters are on the biology of aging and the clinical approach to the older patient. Subsequent chapters are thorough discussions of the genitourinary system, sexual dysfunction, and endocrinology of the aging male. The remaining chapters deal with specific organ systems in men. In an international, multiauthored book such as this there is a fair amount of duplication among the chapters.
Assessment: This book is a Herculean labor. It not only gives the intellectual history of aging in men —going back to biblical times — but also describes fascinating details of the state of the art. Nestled into the biology of aging section is a marvelous discussion of the blood-brain barrier and aging, relevant to Alzheimer's disease research and pharmacology. This is but one of many gems in this tome. Why men don't live as long as women still eludes us. The book is not afraid to tackle controversial areas, such as testosterone and growth hormone replacement therapy. All in all, this is a useful contribution to the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415425803
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/20/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
History of research on the aging male – selected aspects 1
Micheal Oettel, Sergio Musitelli and Dirk Schultheiss
Section I: Biology of Aging. 1. The biology of gender differences in animal models of aging. 2. The biologic basis for longevity differences between men and women. 3. The biology of the aging brain. 4. The blood–brain barrier: age and gender differences. Section II: Diagnostics and Primary Assessment. 5. Aging men – The challenge ahead. 6. Screening of the aging male. 7. Laboratory tests in the endocrine evaluation of aging males. Section III: The Genitourinary System. 8. Genitourinary system: an introduction. 9. Benign prostatic hyperplasia. 10. Prostate cancer. 11. Erectile dysfunction in the aging male. 12. Infertility in the aging male. 13. Urinary incontinence. 14. Testicular cancer. Section IV: Sexual Dysfunction. 15. Treatment of erectile dysfunction in the elderly. 16. Assessment of the aging man with sexual dysfunction. Section V: Endocrine System. 17. Endocrinology of the aging male: an overview. 18. Androgen deficiency and its management in elderly men. 19. Growth hormone and aging in men. 20. The thyroid. Section VI: Aging and Body Composition. 21. Aging testosterone, and body composition. 22. Growth hormone and body composition in the aging male. 23. Androgens and lean body mass in the aging male. 24. Visceral obesity, androgens and the risks of cardiovascular disease. Section VII: Nutrition, Digestion and Metabolism. 25. Nutrition in older men. 26. Obesity in middle-aged men. 27. Diabetes in the elderly male: nutritional aspects. 28. Lipids through the ages. 29. Insulin resistance syndrome in older people. 30. Free radicals and vitamins. 31. Resistance exercise. 32. Constipation and diarrhea. 33. Macrovascular complications in the elderly diabetic. 34. Upper gastrointestinal complaints. Section VIII: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems. 35. Atherosclerotic risk assessment of androgen therapy in aging men. 36. Male aging: changes in metabolic, inflammatory, and endothelial indices of cardiovascular risk. 37. Androgens: studies in animal models of atherosclerosis. 38. Androgens and blood pressure in men. 39. Androgens and arterial disease. 40. Androgenic influences on ventilation and ventilatory responses to oxygen and carbon dioxide during wakefulness and sleep. 41. The role of androgens in respiratory function. Section IX: Central Nervous System and Psyche. 42. Changes in libido/sex life. 43. Depression. 44. Testosterone, depression and cognitive function. 45. Modern antidepressants. 46. Sleep disorders. 47. Cognitive changes in aging. Section X: Skeletal System. 48. Bone loss and osteoporotic fracture occurrence in aging men. Section XI: Sensory Organs. 49. Aging and the eye. 50. Aging and inner ear dysfunction. 51. Smell and taste. Section XII: Skin and Hair. 52. Healthy skin aging. 53. Skin disease caused by changes in the immune system and infection. 54. Skin changes caused by venous diseases. 55. Aging of hair. 56. Hormone treatment and preventative strategies in aging men: whom to treat, when to treat and how to treat.

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