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Is This Normal?: The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond Hardcover – August 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611217
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This practical guidebook sets out to answer some of the most common age-related questions and offer practical advice about various aspects of aging."
- Health Affairs, December 2011

About the Author

John J. Whyte, MD, MPH is chief medical expert and vice president for Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel, part of the media conglomerate Discovery Communications. A board-certified internist, Dr. Whyte completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and earned his masters of public health degree at Harvard University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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A great stocking stuffer for holiday gifts for your friends and family of any age!
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Dr.Whyte really does a great job of answering the seldom asked but highly thought about questions when it comes to aging.
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I found this book to be extremely well written, easy to understand, very concise, very readably as well as informative.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By big cheese on August 28, 2011
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This book is absolutely fantastic! I consider myself pretty health-conscious and wary of what changes to expect while aging, but I still learned how much I didn't know by reading this book. Not to mention that it is written in such an engaging style! This comes as no surprise, since the author is the medical expert at Discovery Channel. The book is both educational AND entertaining!

PROS:
- Excellent breadth of topics (sleep, memory, hearing, metabolism, mental health, sexual health, etc.)
- Engaging and entertaining style of writing keeps your attention
- True/False quizzes at the beginning of every chapter challenge what you think you already know
- Helpful images and case studies really make the points clear
- The resources section for further reading is worth the price of the book alone

CONS:
- I just wish it were longer!

Get it today, you won't be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Tureck on October 19, 2011
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This book is a must read for everyone who hopes to age gracefully someday and a great roadmap for everyone who cares about someone who has already embarked upon that complicated journey.
Dr. Whyte engagingly presents important information with a charming humor that defuses potential anxiety and dispels common misperceptions about the aging process.
This book is a terrific source of accurate and comprehensive information, delivered in such an engaging way it turns medical information into a fun read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rea B. on September 19, 2011
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Hopefully this insightful book by Dr. John Whyte will not be his last! I ordered it on Kindle initially, then purchased a hardcopy for a friend, and another, and another. To date I have given this wonderfully crafted , yet entertaining guide to 10 friends and family. It's the perfect gift for anyone you care about, and sure to be a hit with them. After all, who hasn't questioned "Is this normal?" when it comes to the aging process. While one gift recipient was fixated on the expert information regarding changes in their sleeping pattern, another expressed gratitude for the chapter on sexuality and aging --- not an easy topic for many people to openly discuss. The true beauty of the book "Is This Normal" is Dr. Whyte's ability to educate the reader with cutting edge information sprinkled with a liberal dose of light-hearted humor. Reduce your gift-giving stress: order this wonderful read for everyone you know and be their "health hero"! If your loved ones are anything like mine -- they will repeatedly thank you for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JC MD on September 17, 2011
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Just finished reading it, and it is truly an essential guide. I'm a doctor myself, and there were countless tid-bits of knowledge, and eye-opening "WOW's" that make this worth every penny, and every minute I spent reading! From cover to cover, it is consistently educating and entertaining for the reader. As a resident physician, I have already recommended this book myself to middle-agers who frequently wonder about the changes their body and mind go through as they age. Again, I feel it's a great read and a must have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on November 27, 2011
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This is a good, solid overview of the changes that the human body goes through as it ages. Written by an internist who is the chief medical expert for the Discovery channel, it presents in clear terms and plain language both what is normal for the aging body and what is not.

Dr. Whyte explains how the different body systems work, what happens as they get older, and what we can do about it. He covers all the body systems: the skin and hair, the digestive system, metabolism, eye problems, memory, hearing, pain, sex and mental health. There questionnaires to help you determine if you have a problem or not. Sidebars provide case histories as examples.

If you know a lot about the human body- say, you live on the Web MD site- you might not get that much from this book. The average reader, however, will get a huge insight into how the human body works and how it ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mollie F. Howard on September 9, 2011
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Perhaps my sene of humor is skewed, but I found "Is This Normal?" not only informative, but amusing, as well. I plan, when I can tolerate parting with the book, to donate it to the wonderful library in White Acres, the retirement village where I now reside. Mollie F. Howard El Paso TX
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie M. on August 12, 2011
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I love this book ~ not only is it very informative but it's also fun and engaging to read. As a woman who is quickly approaching the BIG 4-0, I could either relate to directly or often wondered about the questions that Dr. Whyte addresses. As I was reading the book my father who is 75 asked if he could see it - after flipping through the chapters he asked if he could borrow it when I was finished, so it's a great book for many ages! If you decide to read it cover to cover or just scroll through and read what pertains to you, it is a well written and interesting book...two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Sterling on November 21, 2011
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This was a great book to read. As I've gotten older, changes in my health and body have made me wonder at times....should I be worried about this?? Is this normal?? This book covers all the bases in very plain-spoken terms that let you know when you should contact your doctor and when it is just a normal part of aging and to be expected. It's a quick, easy read with a lot of anecdotal examples.
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