BY WILLIAM I. BENNETT, M.D., STEPHEN E. GOLDFINGER, M.D., AND G. TIMOTHY JOHNSON, M.D., HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS; 1987.
In five-hundred sensible, rational, practical, pragmatic, logical, thoughtful, clear, coherent, orderly pages, three doctors—Harvard doctors, yet—bring us the very latest on every development in today's ever-changing medical scene:
Contact lenses—how long should we leave them in?In the section on hiccups, home remedies are recommended, but they left out my wife's foolproof trick: holding a pencil sideways
Minoxidil—will it grow hair on my chihuahua?
Fish oil—will it grow hair on my black mollys?
Tooth sealing—will I still have to floss?
AIDS-—should I have my African green monkey tested?
Herpes—what ever happened to herpes?
PMS—if I say I it exists, am I being sexist?
PMS—if I say it doesn't exist, am I being sexist?
Flatulence—how can I make the most of a tailwind?
Hemorrhoids—do doctors really recommend Preparation H?
The authors are all prominent medical personalities who have taken time
from their busy schedules to write this book for the
harried hypochondriac. Secretary of Education Bennett has just returned from the lecture circuit, advocating the prevention of
AIDS by holding an aspirin between your cheeks. Dr. Goldfinger has just dispatched Mr. Bond by having Oddjob circumcise his
Aston-Martin. And Dr. Johnson has just completed his examination of Mommy Reagan's breast for ABC News.
Those who buy cars by consulting the frequency-of-repair section of Consumer Reports will want to maintain their health by checking this book out of the reference section at their local libraries. It really is a check-rated item—but does not qualify as a Best Buy. On the other hand, where can get a doctor these days for $24.95?