|The book and the author Madeline Zech Ruiz|
This is a great book for anyone interested in learning the basics of how it all works “down there” and that there are medical answers to most urological problems. As author Madeline Zech Ruiz says: “If you have a vagina or a penis, you must read this book!”
In his humorous urology primer, Ruiz argues that it’s about time society got over its discomfort with our plumbing system. She not only provides critical insight into that system for both men and women, but also encourages readers to be proactive participants in keeping it healthy.
The author includes her own journey as the wife of a urologist living in the small town of McAllen, Texas, who constantly answers questions from strangers and loved ones alike, somewhat cautiously at first, but eventually accepts her role as a human conduit. between the patient and her highly qualified doctor/spouse.
Ruiz employs an accessible style with colorful phrases scattered throughout; for example, she uses an analogy to detail the various subspecialties of urology (her husband specializes in reconstructive surgery) and describes a weak urine stream, thus, “her urine stream sounded more like a rock slowly skipping through a very large pond.
Other topics include penile prosthetics, prostate health, vasectomies, kidney stones, and hormone replacement therapy. Of particular interest are the chapters covering diabetes, the effects of anesthesia, a neighbor’s alarming case of parasites, and pelvic floor therapy for women experiencing incontinence.
In the latter case, Ruiz explains that the women’s muscles needed to develop continence are the same ones used to contain flatulence. She describes how her husband, her doctor, “really made the word ‘fart’ sound like it was the harp in an orchestra” when he talked about the necessary muscle exercises.
Amazingly, the book has already been translated into 13 languages. This may allow the author to break taboos worldwide for the sake of improving the health of men and women. A very educational and entertaining read.
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