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The Male Body: An Owner's Manual: The Ultimate Head-to-Toe Guide to Staying Healthy and Fit for Life Paperback – October 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0875964010 ISBN-10: 087596401X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087596401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875964010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Men's Health magazine has created a publishing phenomenon out of what could be described as the Four Ps: penis, pump, prostate, potbelly. Almost every article in every issue of the magazine has something to do with preventing heart attack, preventing prostate cancer, preventing impotence, or reversing waistline bulges. This Owner's Manual mercifully strays beyond those four topics, to offer advice on how men can wear makeup, deal with "bashful bladder syndrome" and male breast cancer, and reverse circumcision. There's also a lot of perfectly useful information about how the body works and how to make it work better, but the esoterica is a lot more fun to read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Described in the introduction as a health book for men written "like an owner's manual for a car or computer," this valuable compilation is, however, no mere technical primer. The authors, who are Rodale writers, use the best elements from Men's Health magazine-including straight-shooting descriptions, a wry sense of humor and a high estimation of their audience's intelligence-to cover physiological systems (body as "machine"), body parts (an alphabetically arranged maintenance guide) and fitness. The first section, "Maximizing Your Machine," is a well-written guide to health topics including body shape, energy, stress, sex, sports injuries and sleep. The fitness guide suggests exercises for basic muscle groups. The heart of this volume beats in the 300-plus pages on "Body Maintenance," covering more than 95 separate parts of the male body machine. Illustrated alphabetical entries (from the Achilles tendon to wrists) fulfill its authors' intention to show men "how to use your machine properly; how to maintain it; how to troubleshoot problems." The volume offers at least two helpful hints per page and prose that's a pleasure to read. When was the last time you could say that about a transmission repair manual?
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Hinze on October 6, 2006
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Impressed. I even bought a copy for my boys. I like the way they take a part of the anatomy and detail it. Great tips on staying healthy and excellent talk of preventing future problems. BUY IT!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joss Whedon, author of Fray on September 1, 2005
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This is an informative read. I recommend it highly for any one wanting a very thorough guide to the male body and staying healthy and fit. An excellent book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolores P. Carrillo on October 9, 2007
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I bought this book as a gift for a young man and found myself reading different sections, starting with the penis section and continuing backwards thru pancreas and nose, then to the moles and later the workout section. I found it to be informative and useful, but written casually enough to hold the 22 year old's interest. So many men are so uniformed about the functioning of their bodies. This book cracks the myths and sets straight the rumors about many areas of a man's heatlth.
Worth it's weight in gold.... buy it. Incidently, I couldn't find the parts mentioned by the one star reveiw.
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By Anonymous on April 7, 2014
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Copy came in black and white. The reason for a 4 star rating and not 5. Other than this great book.
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By David Berthiaume on February 15, 2014
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I thought this book had a good encyclopedic analysis of what the human body goes through in each stage of oldness. It does have valid points validated, as to how we can overcome looking old whilst turning old. Or better still, how to spruce our mortal coils up to look presentable. The end of the book has a chapter on specific exercises to help tone our entire bodies, and that is good exercise to page through.

I'd recommend it to anyone who can keep an open mind to alternatives to growing old and nasty.
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