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As McManus (author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street) admits, he's been spending too much time on his duff, playing poker and eating third helpings of his wife's cooking. He also likes his liquor and his postprandial cigarette—all bad things given his family history of early heart attacks and death. In this disjointed, sometimes uproarious, sometimes powerful book, Mcmanus describes his experience of the über-physical—the executive physical at the Mayo Clinic. McManus does amazing high-energy riffs on themes like our belief in our own immortality, and assesses the manner and personalities of his doctors as keenly as they examine him. One wonders whether he needed an $8,000 physical to learn he should exercise more, eat and drink less and cut out the smoking, but the tour of the remarkable Mayo Clinic and the best physical money can buy is well worthwhile. Equally strong is a recounting of his older daughter Bridget's struggle with juvenile diabetes, which leads to forceful but repetitious rants against President Bush for virtually banning embryonic stem cell research (which could lead to a cure for diabetes). Odd detours into other areas of McManus's physical life, like his reluctance to have a vasectomy, are less gratifying, and the book doesn't really add up to a look at health care in America today.
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McManus, journalist, novelist, and the author of the wildly popular Positively Fifth Street (2003), a compelling tale of big-stakes gambling at the 2000 World Series of Poker, follows that book with an account of his own mortality. The author's irreverent sense of humor is his strength. The highly readable story, however, suffers a fate similar to that of many magazine articles-cum-books—namely, the short piece's inability to shoulder the weight of further examination and the addition of larger, more serious issues, including the suicide of a son and the fragility of his other children's health. The critical reception of Physical suffers perhaps as much from the success of Positively Fifth Street as from the disjointedness of the narrative at hand.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312426496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312426491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2007
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. I love reading about the art and career of medicine, and this book sounded right up my alley!

But basically all that happened in this book is the author goes for some tests at the Mayo clinic and is surprised to find that his drinking, smoking, and high stress haven't put him in the greatest condition to care for his second, younger family (his children with his second wife are only 5 and 6). There is a bit of interesting information in here about the Mayo clinic, some history of medicine, and general info about certain common diseases and maladies, but nothing so interesting that it made me feel excited about continuing.

Later in the book, he gets on a rant about stem-cell research and how he had hoped that it could help his diabetic daughter live a longer life, but how deeply disappointing it is that the Bush administration won't allow federal funding for this kind of research. I agree with him passionately on this topic, but even my sympathies were tried by the amount of times he returned to that same rant. I think a good editor could have really helped in that regard.

So this book gets a disappointed 3 stars from me. I got some information out of it, but I didn't get any earth-shattering insights from it, and I didn't really find his personal musings about his health all that interesting.
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I don't think I'm spoiling anything by revealing Jenny gets her revenge for the lap dance and the World Series of Poker winnings did not cause fundamental changes in the McManus household (most of the book appears to have been written before he discovered how successful PFS would be). In this installment, McManus is sent to cover his super-physical at the Mayo Clinic (by Harper's) and stem cell research politics in Washington (by Esquire); in place of the WSOP and Binion Murder Trial of PSF. This book, like the last, is illuminated with his massive common sense, exceeded only by his human ability to ignore that sense.

At first, the title and subtitle refer to his Mayo examination, but the book rapidly transcends that to mean both the uncomfortable awareness of our bodies as physical entities, meat puppets, and the state of medical care as a checkup on the social health of America. Despite the always-amusing tone, McManus pulls no punches, discussing the suicide of his son, the horrors of juvenile diabetes in one daughter and the dramatic eye injury of another; along with many unpleasant deaths of friends and strangers. He unflinchingly details invasive procedures and unpopular body fluids. But even when terrified, enraged, grossed out or lecturing, the author remains unshakably, deeply, humbly, human.

PFS certainly did not create the poker boom, but it came along at the inflection point and instantly became the thinking man's guide to the modern tournament poker world. Five years later as the steepening of the mortality curve becomes noticeable to boomers, good cholesterol and blood pressure readings become better than royal flushes. Questions about the economics and ethics of health care are rising to the top of the political agenda.
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I had mixed emotions after reading this book. First off, I had a hard time relating to someone who got an "executive checkup" (for many thousands of dollars) at the Mayo Clinic. How many of us are so lucky? How many of us have health insurance or savings that would cover that?

But I DID relate to McManus as he wrote about his own mortality, something that weighs pretty heavily on those of us in the "prime" of our midlife years. Hearburn was a "new" experience I could have done without, along with the beginnings of arthritis and a waistline that is no longer naturally trim but which takes hours in the gym to maintain (sigh). Rising cholesterol and a daily regimen of fiber additives forced me to modify some of my dietary habits. So I looked forward to any suggestions or revelations McManus might share about living more healthily.

I've also become concerned about the state of health care in our country, something which is explored in this book. So there WERE parts of this book which maintained my attention. Perhaps it would do the same for others in their middle years.

But would it hold the interest of the average reader, some of whom may be far younger than 40, 50 and up? I'm not convinced of that. Perhaps the "politics of medicine" sections might stir those readers to action. But those sections are set amid some very personal anecdotes and (I confess) I felt envious that most of us couldn't have the detailed exam that McManus had. So how relevant is it to the average reader? One has to wonder.

By the way, is it only me or did anyone else find the cover photo a bit disconcerting? That gloved hand...looking like it was ready to probe...EWWWWW.
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please up date the binding for it is a paper back . thank you
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I imagine many readers in the author's age range who pick up this book hoping for new insights into modern health care or tips on obtaining the best physical for their dollars will find nothing new. The author is fortunate to have an employer willing to stand the cost of the workup at Mayo. Although he's happy with the outcome, he'd probably have been able to produce a more interesting piece if he'd had more wrong with him. He turned out to be a fairly typical middle-aged physical specimen who needed to lose a few pounds and get his cholesterol and triglycerides down. And it cost someone about 8,000 dollars to have Mayo's verify this. Unfortunately, most of us can't afford this sort of comprehensive exam (the fact that it's referred to as the "executive" exam suggests the target market), and it's way beyond the level of checkup Medicare will spring for as the annual physical it permits each recipient.
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