A practical, motivational compendium on aging healthfully, gracefully, and as slowly as possible.




A scholarly how-to guide targets men eager to impede “the shipwreck of old age.”

Firmly believing that sexual aging in men “should be a priority of public healthcare,” European urologist and gerontology expert Debled has crafted an exhaustive debut manual. It is geared toward educating readers in what he believes to be the proven methodologies and therapies in delaying and preventing the aging of the male body. He writes that beginning at age 40, a majority of men begin to develop disorders such as tiredness, depression, inexplicable weight gain, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, and sexual regression. Debled directly attributes these potentially serious conditions to a naturally occurring phenomenon called andropause, which causes a pathologic fall in the production of dihydrotestosterone, the hormone responsible for male sexual vitality and function. With a sense of urgency and backed by a wealth of supporting medical information, the author delivers his verdict that andropause, though largely unacknowledged, is responsible for sexual aging in men and a contributor to a host of other related diseases. As a chief researcher of this gerontological condition for many decades, Debled fortifies his book with pertinent clinical facts, background data, and professional opinions that provide a firm case for the use of the synthetic steroid mesterolone as a defense against the progressive, systemic deterioration of the aging male. Accessible explanatory opening chapters describe the role of testosterone (“the hormone of long life”) within the male body and the side effects of hormone deficiency–causing andropause as men typically approach their fourth decade. The author dutifully incorporates photographs, charts, medical illustrations, diagrams, and a great amount of historical and current statistical data to further reinforce his assessment that a consistent supply of free-flowing hormones is the key to healthy male longevity. “Causes of aging are the main source of discomfort,” he writes. “They must be the subject of special attention.” Debled repeatedly gives due consideration to his own urological medical practice, where he has been prescribing hormone replacement therapy to aging patients for decades and has seen great restorative success in their “physical, psychic, and sexual activity.” While eye-opening sections on the maladies older men face—including premature sexual aging and prostate cancer—are distressingly worrisome, the author vigorously promotes the use of revitalizing male hormone replacements and presents a firm, convincing argument for their clinical administration. Though clearly Debled’s primary focus is on the preservation of male vigor, his comprehensive book is not esoteric. Female readers may find some useful knowledge and food for thought buried within commentary on sustaining optimum health through the consistent monitoring of cholesterol, blood pressure, excess weight gain, and age-associated frailty. This kind of general medical information can serve as a universal reminder of the need for proactive health maintenance. Obviously, Debled’s prescription for restorative wellness is not the definitive answer to agelessness. But he offers illuminating advice and a surfeit of information that men of a certain age in particular should certainly appreciate and perhaps act on.

A practical, motivational compendium on aging healthfully, gracefully, and as slowly as possible.

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5355-9014-3

Page Count: 264

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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