The author negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of the country's health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem cell research wars. It's a no-holds-barred, wrenching, but often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not ...
The author negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of the country's health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem cell research wars. It's a no-holds-barred, wrenching, but often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-06 McManus (Positively Fifth Street) expected to write a magazine expos? when he checked into the Mayo Clinic for the spare-no-expense "executive physical." Instead, he fell in love with the place, and the doctors' scrutiny inspired this examination of his health and modern health care. After devoting two discs to his visit, listeners may find it hard to comprehend his affection for the place, given the poking, measuring and lecturing that he describes in excruciating detail. Frederic brings this all to life in suitably squirm-inducing tones. The remaining discs deal with an array of medical episodes and topics related to McManus and his family's lives, which he connects to the rest of the country's situation through a great deal of research. The narrative grouping of topics does not move as smoothly on disc as it does on the page. Frederic perfectly captures the author's half-sneering, half-outraged manner when he rails against the Bush administration's health care policies, especially the opposition to stem-cell research. The brief author interview at the end was conducted by phone, and its crackling, distant sound mirrors the disappointing sense listeners may get that, for all the intimate personal details McManus divulges, this new book is a somewhat half-hearted, uncertain production. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 17). (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-17 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 ?ber-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. Agent, Sloan Harris. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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