A treatment-selection guide for the savvy prostate cancer patient.
Editor and author Scholz’s (co-author: Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers, 2010) layman’s guide to prostate cancer aims to help men to understand the severity of their ailment and to create a “personalized treatment plan” in concert with their physicians. The author is the executive director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute and a physician who’s treated prostate cancer for more than 20 years, and he’s joined by a large cohort of other oncology experts, each of whom contributes chapters that define and discuss the “basic components” of prostate cancer diagnosis (including PSA [prostate specific antigen] levels, a Gleason score, prostate scans, and body scans). The crux of the guide, the “Five Stages of Blue,” classifies newly diagnosed patients as either low-, intermediate-, or high-risk (Sky, Teal, or Azure, respectively) and veteran patients as either having a relapse (Indigo) or metastasis (Royal). Readers can skip ahead to the chapters that are most pertinent to their stage. The book’s overall goal is to allow men to make prudent treatment decisions—and, especially, to help them avoid potentially irrevocable damage to their quality of life due to unnecessary surgery or radiation treatment. Most prostate cancer patients are referred to surgeons (primarily urologists); according to author Ralph Blum, there are fewer than 20 oncologists who specialize exclusively in this type of cancer, so this guide is necessary and useful. The multiple experts successfully provide context in patient-friendly but not overly simplistic terms. The book’s pragmatic and systematic consideration of treatment options and risks will allow readers to make educated decisions. In short, the guide accomplishes what it set out to do: it “forewarn[s] and forearm[s]” patients about “industry biases” and “less-than-fully informed” physicians.
A practical, comprehensive, and authoritative work.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
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)