INTERNAL BOOK REVIEWS...
The Secret Stalker of the Prostate
by Judith O'Malley-Ford
by Judith O'Malley-Ford
"This book has the potential to save many lives. Every question regarding anatomy, disease processes, decision making procedures for the treatment and considerations of the side effects, psycho-social effects and the impact on relationships, are concisely covered - all in layman terms.
For those men who are in the process of taking that difficult step of presenting prostate problems to their doctors, including those unfortunate enough to be facing investigation for prostate cancer, this book is for you.
There is no other book out there that does what this book does – it is companion and guide for a difficult and life changing event. Dr O’Malley-Ford writes with compassion, doctor’s humour and a great deal of well-researched knowledge about not only the common diseases of the prostate and prostate cancer itself, but the often overlooked human aspects. In her book she explains what will happen in the GPs office, what medical terms mean, what sorts of conversations you might want to have with those nearest and dearest to you. She raises questions about men’s health in general, the absence of a mass screening process for this very common cancer and the progress being made towards better outcomes in the future. There are sections on diet and support groups. It is short, concise and to the point.
From the very first pages where a simple questionnaire asks those questions about those embarrassing things no one wants to talk about, Judith’s approach is frank and easy to understand. It is a subject she has dealt with not only through her own clinical experiences but personally, and her views are clear and passionate. Every man should read this book and every woman should buy a copy to read to her son, husband, nephew, neighbour – in short any man who is in danger from ‘dying from embarrassment’ rather than having a prostate check-up.
If there must be a criticism about this book then it must be that there is not a whole series of books like this for other conditions and maladies. It may not be the most welcome Christmas present, but it may be the present that someone needs rather than wants.
The book is available at all book stores. If it's not in stock yet, ask them to order it for you. It is also available from Morris Publishing Australia, Dymocks and on Amazon. "