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Male Menopause Paperback – October, 1998
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So do men really go through menopause? If you think of menopause as hot flashes and a sudden change in fertility, no. But if you regard menopause as physical and emotional changes triggered by significant changes in hormone levels, then yes, men go through it. In Male Menopause veteran psychotherapist and men's-movement leader Jed Diamond looks at the observable and documentable changes associated with male midlife--weight gain, less physical endurance, longer recovery from injuries, reduced interest in sex, feelings of irritability and depression--and concludes that this is indeed a passage similar to what middle-aged women go through. The last section of Male Menopause discusses how men can get back what they've lost, but for the most part Diamond focuses on understanding and accepting the aging process, not fighting it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this somewhat New Age and trendy book, psychotherapist Diamond explores the climacteric, andropause, or viropause?terms which he prefers to the catachrestic "male menopause." He presents evidence that there are many similarities between what women and men go through both emotionally and physically during the mid-life change. This life change affects all aspects of a man's life and is thus a physical condition with psychological, interpersonal, social, and spiritual dimensions. Many of the things that men experience as negative (loss of strength and physical stamina) actually prepare them for the second of half of life, where more emphasis is placed on emotional and spiritual issues. Diamond addresses issues of concern to the aging male: loss of sexual enjoyment, feeling that time is running out, increased anxieties, weight gain, irritability, sleep disorders, etc. and offers mind-body healing therapies. Unfortunately, despite the bibliographic apparatus, Diamond's text is repetitive and simplistic and remains pop psychology masquerading as scholarship. An optional purchase at best.?James Swanton, Harlem Hospital Lib., New York
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Male Menopause" is really two different books. While Mr. Diamond does go into the physiological aspects of male aging and its affect on sexual function, its comparison to female menopause, as well as what can be done to help nutritionally and medically, the bulk of the book is not dedicated to the subject matter. It focuses on what older men should do with their lives to save society (in other words, in place of sex as a result of the what he states is the inevitable decline of male sexual function). While this is a noble subject, I believe that Mr. Diamond's view is rather idealistic, and would have been better addressed in another book under a different title. Frankly, this information was uninteresting to me, set in a depressing context, and at times, I fought to stay awake while reading it. Moreover, the concepts that he spoke of really should apply to men of all ages, and how we treat one another and male children who will become adults.
As noted, the other information in the book was useful, however, I would not recommend this book for someone who is interested in treating the problems associated with male menopause. I am sure the information is available from other more succinct sources.
By the way, if you had mumps as an adolescent and a vasectomy later, there is a good chance of exacerbated symptoms of the andropause. I was depressed to the point of suicidal obsession and treatment restored my libido and outlook on life.