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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801893941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801893940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


An ambitious compilation of the USPSTF guidelines and the CDC vaccination recommendations, translated into clear, understandable prose for the lay reader.

(Gregory Prokopowicz, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Those who want to better understand common health conditions and determine whether they're getting the recommended preventive care for their age may find [ Stay Healthy at Every Age] a helpful, trustworthy resource.

(Anne Colby Los Angeles Times)

In a time when people are barraged with medicine advertisements and conflicting opinions from numerous experts, this is a helpful, clearly written book.

(Doody's Review Service)

The straightforward writing style makes this book an excellent choice for beginning students and general readers. USPSTF guidelines are freely available, but the clear explanations of the benefits and risks of each type of service and the simple question-and-answer format make this book valuable.




General health collections will find this accessible and important!

(Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

Shantanu Nundy, M.D., is a physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Dr. Shantanu Nundy is a resident physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where his responsibilities include maintaining a panel of general medicine patients and caring for patients on the hospital wards. He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (B.S.) and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (M.D.).

In addition to his clinical work, Shantanu has an interest in prevention, public health, and research. As an undergraduate, he founded a medical clinic in rural India together with a local non-governmental organization. During medical school, he served at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on efforts to eradicate hospital-acquired infections and improve surgical safety.

Shantanu's primary research interests are in health care quality and safety and health care delivery. He has done research with the MIT Economics Department, the Harvard Business School, the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group, and the Division of General Medicine at the University of Chicago. Currently, Shantanu is studying the use of mobile phone technology to improve diabetes care on the South Side of Chicago and of Internet-based tools to increase the delivery of preventive health services.

Shantanu writes frequently about preventive health on his blog, His first book, Stay Healthy At Every Age: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know, is being published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in April 2010. He lives in Chicago with his wife.

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I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in staying healthy.
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Yes, this is really in this book as well as many other, just as stupid questions.
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Thus, this book is a very important and practical medical reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2010
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The emphasis of "Stay Healthy at Every Age" is preventative care, and the measures to take to achieve optimum health from a medical point of view. It does not elaborate much on diet and exercise, other than some very good basics in Chapter 14 on Healthy Eating Counseling, and also in Chapter 4, on Blood Pressure Screening, and Chapter 8 on Cholesterol Screening, and the importance of diet/exercise/not smoking in such diseases as type II diabetes and colon cancer. This book is strictly from a doctor's perspective, and what he can do to help you stay healthier. It also has a BMI chart to help you with diet goals in the chapter on obesity. There are chapters on SDIs, tobacco use, pregnancy, and much more.

With the help of useful diagrams and illustrations, the book describes preventative care starting in early childhood, adolescence, and then works through every decade starting at 20-29, until the final "65 or older." Each screening is written about in detail, and tells you what to expect, from the symptoms of the ailment, to the screening options with their advantages and disadvantages (colon screening for instance has 3 options to choose from and discuss with your doctor), to the actual screening procedures, the possible results, and potential cures.

As a "65 or older" person that is getting ready for her first physical exam, mammogram, and whatever else the doctor feels necessary in decades, "Stay Healthy at Every Age" has been a wonderful preparation. I know what to expect, what questions to ask, and what options to choose. Dr. Shantanu Nundy has provided a great service by writing this detailed and useful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Green VINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
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I hate to admit it, but I'm getting older (I said "older," not "old"). I'm to the age where my doctor starts "ordering tests" and wants me to come in periodically for "blood work." I've gotten the results but don't really know what it means. So, this book looked interesting - what you should know about your health at every age. The idea is to focus the reader on *health* care instead of *sick* care - how to stay healthy as opposed to only seeking care when sick and comes from a ("newly minted") doctor's perspective.

Part 1 is very brief and explains the idea behind the book (preventive care) and the rationale behind the recommendations (USPSTF). It's only for Americans as other countries have different health care and issues. Part 2 has checklists for the different ages. The bulk of the book is Part 3 with chapters that pertain to the checklists. So, if you're in the age group of 40-49 you'll want to start with chapter 4 on blood pressure screening, which includes explanations about what it is, how it's diagnosed, and treatments. It explains the medical language that your doctor might use to help you communicate more effectively. It's very easy to follow and each age range has additional checklists based on the different risk factors (male or female, family history, weight, smoking, drinking, sex with multiple or same-sex partners, etc.) and chapters to explain what you need to know. It's the kind of book you could take with you to the doctor to help ensure you understand your health care better.

I found it an easy to use book, but few of the risk factors applied to me and I was able to go through the applicable chapters in an evening. Still it was useful and got me thinking more about my health. I especially appreciate the chapter on cholesterol screening as it helps to understand a little better those blood tests the doctor ordered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kindred spirit VINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
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Funny this book arrived when I am sick in bed. This is a totally new concept in any preventative care book I have ever read. It is about time too that we become educated in learning how to prevent illness rather than treat it. This book should be given to all High School graduates as they take on responsibility for their lives it is a fantastic guide.

It introduces you to the differences between treating illness and preventing those you may be at risk for. It requires a shift in thinking and I loved this simple explanation the author gives us. "Shift our thinking from symptoms to risk factors, from diagnosis to screening, from treatment to prevention, and from doctor's responsibility to shared responsibility."

The book has a checklist for all ages of the tests and conversations you need to talk with your doctor about. I was delighted that I am already doing all the correct things for my age. I have a doctor who thinks this way and keeps me current, very grateful.

The book explains all the tests in detail so you can make informed choices with your doctor. Don't put off getting a checkup because you are afraid of the results. Go in with knowledge and understanding.

I highly recommend this to everyone 18 and older. It is a must have reference guide written so anyone can understand it. Also Dr Nundy doesn't include anything that had not been medically proven to be effective over many trials and time. No fads or quick fix tricks. Good sound medical knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Skunk Tabby on March 10, 2010
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This book is like a annual physical with your doctor. It asks and answers most of the questions you want to ask, but the doctor doesn't have time to answer. The bulk of the book are descriptions of screening and tests. (It's arranged alphabetically, which isn't entirely useful IMO. Also some topics are a bit too narrow--I think the various sexually-transmitted diseases could have been covered in one chapter. But that's a minor criticism at most. Topics can be easily found in the table of contents.) For each topic, the book explains the test, who needs it and when, how it works, pros and cons to doing the test, any risks associated with the tests, and what follow-up is required.

The biggest drawbacks are the omissions. There's nothing about screening for skin cancer, lung cancer, prostrate cancer, or any other cancers other than breast and colon, Alzheimers, heart disease other than cholesterol, hearing or vision loss, mental health other than depression, etc. There is a very, very brief overview of heart disease and cancer, but it's not very helpful and doesn't indicate that testing and screening are available for heart diseases or cancers beyond what are covered in the book.

Don't buy this book if you're looking to change your life. It won't really teach you how to stay healthy, and it's far from comprehensive. For the topics it does cover, it is an excellent companion to review before and after a visit with the doctor. But I wouldn't rely on it as a sole source of information to know what to expect during an exam or what testing and screening are appropriate.
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