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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James McManus Narrator: Patrick Frederic Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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PHYSICAL is the story of a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American (the author) who gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality, not to mention glove-wearing doctors and the pair of dominatrix-esque technicians who supervise his stress test quite strictly. James McManus must understand his revised actuarial odds in the light of his not-so-long-lived forebears and the fact that his youngest children are only six and five years old. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see Bea and Grace 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.

On a related health front, McManus's twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Bridget, has lived with juvenile diabetes since she was four, and the Bush Administration's opposition to the stem-cell research that could save her life makes him feel like he "might have to do something rash." Meanwhile, should he have a vasectomy? Or try for another child, having lost his only son? How much longer will he be able to perform such manly feats without Viagra? Is his grateful wife sleeping with the brilliant opthalmological surgeon who saved their daughter's vision?

PHYSICAL 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 no-holds-barred, wrenching, often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alan | 8/27/2011

    " Maybe more than I wanted to know about clinic time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marcia | 3/1/2011

    " I'm listening to this on audio. I really needed a car book and it was the first I grabbed. Interesting bits about the Mayo clinic, less interesting political rants. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katherine | 9/25/2010

    " UGH, his written voice was unbearable. could not read it any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Risa | 11/21/2009

    " The patently obvious agenda of this book (against G.W.Bush, for stem cell research) made it a bit irritating at times -- but it happens to be an agenda with which I generally agree, which mitigated my annoyance somewhat. "

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