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Physical : an American checkup

Author: James McManus
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Case studies
Named Person: James McManus; James McManus; James McManus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James McManus
ISBN: 0374232024 9780374232023
OCLC Number: 61115433
Description: ix, 255 pages ; 24 cm
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 --
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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.

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