Academic journal article International Journal of Men's Health

Aging Men's Health: A Case-Based Approach

Academic journal article International Journal of Men's Health

Aging Men's Health: A Case-Based Approach

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by Robert S. Tan. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers, 2005, xvii + 195 pp.

The graying of America has arrived and will be of increasing importance as the number of older persons increases. While there has been a steady growth of interest in women's health, including that of older females, concern and studies of the specialized treatments of older men's health problems are rarer. This book fills an important gap and will be of interest to all clinicians, not merely those who specialize in the treatment of older patients. The presentation of material is geared to practicing healthcare professionals, especially physicians, and focuses on cases they are most likely to see. Just when old age begins is never quite defined, and some of the cases presented in this book are of men in their 40s and 50s. Although some of the material might be covered in geriatric texts, it may not have been presented as accessibly and on-point as it is in this work.

Tan is a major figure in important work now underway on aging men's health. Twenty-six other authors are represented, but Tan has authored or coauthored 16 of the book's 20 chapters. A major theme of the book is the concept of the andropause, a concept analogous to menopause but characterized by hypogonadism and diminution of the capacity to produce testosterone. …

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