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Author McManus, James.

Title Physical : an American checkup / James McManus.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 MCMANUS    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.1 M459    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.10973 MCMANUS    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  362.10973 M22    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description ix, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Summary The author, a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American, gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see his small children into adulthood. But with so much at stake, and in spite of his terror of death, he may not have the willpower to follow the Mayo clinicians' advice. The book negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of our health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem cell research wars. It's a portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.--From publisher description.
Contents That's that -- Lourdes MN -- Impedance plethysmography -- A foot and a half in the grave -- Pearl jam -- The soveraign weede, pounded small -- Nukular transfer -- Woo Suk Hwang, Suzi Leather, Miodrag Stojkovic, Lu Guangxiu, and the generous, farsighted cowgirls -- Midnight in the garden of good and evil -- Open-globe trauma -- Hey McMoron -- No Schmutz in here -- 8 o'clock Sunday morning -- Acknowledgments.
Subject McManus, James -- Health.
Social medicine -- United States.
Medical care -- United States.
Middle-aged persons -- Health and hygiene -- United States -- Case studies.
McManus, James.
Health Behavior -- United States -- Popular Works.
Health Services -- United States -- Popular Works.
Middle Aged -- United States.
Physical Examination -- United States -- Popular Works.
ISBN 0374232024 hardcover alkaline paper
9780374232023 hardcover alkaline paper
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