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Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini Paperback – July 26, 2005
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Say you're at a party. You've had a martini or three, and you mingle through the crowd, wondering how long you need to stay before going out for pizza. Suddenly you're introduced to someone new, Dr. Nice Tomeetya. You forget the pizza. Now is the perfect time to bring up all those strange questions you'd like to ask during an office visit with your own doctor but haven't had the guts (or more likely the time) to do so. You're filled with liquid courage . . . now is your chance! If you've ever wanted to ask a doctor . . .
-How do people in wheelchairs have sex?
-Why do I get a killer headache when I suck down my milkshake too fast?
-Can I lose my contact lens inside my head forever?
-Why does asparagus make my pee smell?
-Why do old people grow hair on their ears?
-Is the old adage "beer before liquor, never sicker, liquor before beer . . ." really true?
. . . then "Why Do Men Have Nipples? is the book for you.
Compiled by Billy Goldberg, an emergency medicine physician, and Mark Leyner, bestselling author and well-known satirist, "Why Do Men Have Nipples? offers real factual and really funny answers to some of the big questions about the oddities of our bodies.
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Ah, but this book is a little different. First, some of the questions are given equivocal answers, which is to be expected, since most of what there is to know isn't known. Some of the questions, like "Will using a cell phone give you a brain tumor?" or "Is it true that left-handed people are smarter than right-handed people?" aren't answered at all. Leyner, who is a writer, and Goldberg, who is an MD, have a way of going around the question. I got the feeling that the extent of their research didn't go much past the Internet--which might raise the question, how did this book ever become a best seller and inspire a sequel? The answer, my friend, is in the comedy.
Leyner and Goldberg are a comedy team. While the bulk of the book is in the Qs and As, a good part consists of some hijinks at a cocktail party (thus the three martinis, although Leyner is mostly into Don Julio tequila). A third part seems to be lifted verbatim from their emails to each other.
Part of the fun are those emails because they seem to give the reader a realistic glimpse into the cooperative creative process. It is also kind of fun to read what a doctor writes when he lets his hair down, so to speak, or at least takes off the white coat. However all of this is carefully staged. This is one of those "best seller" ideas that actually worked. These guys trade raunchy humor spiked with some information and lo and behold it works.
Well, it semi-works.Read more ›
It's an interesting premise: there's tons of things people would like to know, but are too afraid to ask. Well, all of these questions are easily answered by a knowledgable person with a little medical experience. But it's the funny, fast-paced format of Leyner that makes this book a success. This is a terrific bookeasy to read, and if you still have questions, give me or your doctor a call.
This book is at its best when it is providing answers to some of life's puzzling questions. Some of these questions and answers will be old news to the majority of readers, like the fact that catching a cold requires contracting the virus from someone else and has nothing to do with the actual feeling of cold. Other questions and answers are just as obvious and they won't provide any new learning material. On the other hand, there are a good number of questions and answers in this guide that involve topics I had never really though about in the past. An example is the fact that a woman's natural milk has been found, in some studies, to cure warts. Another example is the scientific explanation behind the causes of bags under the eyes. These, and other facts like them, are usually explained very well with medical sources to back them up.
Now, let's talk about this book's negative points, because there are several worth mentioning. First of all, the humor used in this book is lame and it isn't likely to amuse most readers. To give you an example, after talking about the chemical composition of snot and boogers, the authors provide some recipes that explain how to make homemade snot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gag gift. Turned out to be more informative that I thought it would be.Published 14 days ago by Rick P.
actually, pretty boring. I skipped through the two authors' dialog with each other. The questions were not very interesting and most of them have already been answered.Published 3 months ago by claudia diorio
My friend got a kick out of this when I sent it to him as a congratulations on finishing Med school and matching for his residency. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grace R.
I enjoyed this book but found the little side conversations to be really annoying. feel free to skip them since they add nothing to the book but filler.Published 5 months ago by susiejazz
I enjoyed the tidbits of information, but I found the book to be on the simplistic side.Published 5 months ago by Spiro C. Colaitis