A Salamander's Tale: My Story of Regeneration¿Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer

A Salamander's Tale: My Story of Regeneration¿Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer

by Paul Steinberg


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A Salamander's Tale: My Story of Regeneration¿Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer by Paul Steinberg

Staring in the face of prostate cancer at age thirty-five and metastatic disease and proposed surgical castration at age forty, Paul Steinberg was forced to take two simultaneous journeys. The first was to transition from doctor to patient and surrender his physical health to a medical establishment he knew from firsthand knowledge would be using approaches that would be outdated within a few years. The second was a spiritual journey. His search for a higher meaning in his life sent him as far as walking over hot coals with Tony Robbins.

Using the salamander as his role model, Steinberg, a college-health and sports psychiatrist, takes a look at the evolution of the regenerative capabilities of cold-blooded vertebrates like the salamander and at what we as humans have lost and gained in our warm-bloodedness. How do human beings regenerate? How do we redeem ourselves when our capacity for regeneration is limited? How did the prostate evolve, and how does prostate cancer develop?

With wit and humor, Steinberg tackles lust and sex, and ultimately time and death and the gods. Having lived longer than virtually anyone else with metastatic prostate cancer, he uses his knowledge as a doctor and experience as a patient to provide a story of endurance and perseverance, weaving a tale of grace, regeneration, and redemption—just not the kind of regeneration and redemption that he or anyone else would expect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632205698
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 662,273
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Steinberg, MD, has survived metastatic prostate cancer possibly longer than any other man in history. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post. He practices in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife, Helen.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 A Death in the Family 5

Chapter 2 Come: Going, Going, Gone 13

Chapter 3 My Head and My Doctors' Heads Up My Butt 17

Chapter 4 What Is the Prostate? 22

Chapter 5 My So-Called Life 25

Chapter 6 Mesmerized 29

Chapter 7 The Salamander: Can We Humans Regenerate? 43

Chapter 8 Oglia and Aglia 47

Chapter 9 Oxygen-and a Cannot-Do Philosophy 55

Chapter 10 The Infertile Road to Chinese Medicine: A Better life Through Electricity, Not Chemistry 61

Chapter 11 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Back to Potency 75

Chapter 12 This Way for the Testicle Remover, Eunuchs and Gentlemen 85

Chapter 13 Youth Is Wasted on the Young 92

Chapter 14 Redemption, of Sorts 99

Chapter 15 Psychotherapy for the Psychiatrist with Serious Castration Anxiety 112

Chapter 16 A Clichéd Deliverance 122

Chapter 17 A Meditation on Lust and Sex, Time and Death 129

Chapter 18 Following the Religion of Love 136

Chapter 19 Sermons in Stones, Clarity in Calamity, Cogency in Cojones: Rebooting and Regenerating My Inner Life-and the Collective Inner Life 149

Chapter 20 Our Own Personal Battles and Reconciliations-A Modern War and Peace 170

Chapter 21 The Wonders of Irony and Paradox and Ambiguity 183

A Twenty-First Century Keats 210

A Final Note 213

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A Salamander's Tale is an inspiring, courageous story that would appeal to wide audiences.