Author, James Norris, has written a tell-all book filled with information that men (and women) need to know about the prostate and those other parts that are seriously connected to it. But don’t think that Norris’ book, To Pee or Not to Pee is a boring medical report. It’s entertaining and informative – filled with amusing historical accounts beginning with the first man, Adam, and chronicling “peeing” problems that stem from prostate maladies.
Cures for prostate problems are also discussed – from the time of the Babylonians, when prostates weren’t even known of, through the times of the brilliant Venetian anatomists – one of whom discovered the prostate gland. Prostate cancer wasn’t identified until 1853, but curative methods were poor and men didn’t have much of a chance to survive once the cancer was detected. So eventually, medical experts took the approach that “if you can’t cure it, get rid of it.”
In 1904, Dr. Hugh Young performed the first perineal prostatectomy and after that progress was steadily made to refine treating the prostate without having to resort to chemical castration or removal of the gland. Norris’ book, To Pee or Not to Pee, is full of facts and descriptions, but he does it in a way that keeps the readers turning pages and likely laughing out loud.
Beware that Norris uses words that are seldom used in medical reports. Rather than “penis,” Norris uses more colorful versions of the same word, such as willie, cojones, Mr. Happy, dick and pecker. It definitely catches your attention – and keeps the book from becoming just another boring medical account about the demise (or NOT) of an extremely important part of a man’s inner workings.
Although the book reads like a good satire or comedic writing, Norris manages to get across that the prostate has much to do with other ills of the “plumbing” and “recreation area” between men’s legs. Norris certainly did his research in a big way and you’ll learn about medical breakthroughs both available now and the possibility of future treatments.
One of the chapters in To Pee or Not to Pee, Upside, Downside, addresses both the downside and the upside of drugs that are now available and explains how the testing for treatment of the prostate gland is accomplished. Abiraterone is one of the new drug treatments that Norris discusses. Although the drug isn’t available now, except through clinical testing, it promises to be a breakthrough treatment of cancerous prostates by blocking key hormones that cause the cancer.
Norris does a fantastic job of explaining the inner workings of the prostate and how certain abnormalities in it can affect a man’s urinating and sexual capabilities. To Pee or Not to Pee makes you smile and also helps you to learn about the complex system made up of those “parts down there.”