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Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:29 AM

Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini is a reference book of sorts but it’s a fun one. The title alone provokes curiosity and interest. How many of us haven’t had a random question or two we’d love to ask a doctor had the opportunity presented itself?

What’s great about this book is its innate humor; it is not a dry medical dictionary, so those expecting such will be disappointed. Instead, it is a witty read that is also informative.

This book has two authors, one who is a novelist who also writes regularly for the New Yorker and one who is a physician. The combination results in the humorous delivery of answers to some of the most pressing questions many of us have had concerning health issues from what we eat and medication we take to inquiries of a more “personal” nature — the ones that would possibly be reserved for asking after a few martinis.

The responses the book provides are not only thorough but often full of statistics and case study results.

While many of the questions might be ones you’ve wondered about before, some you’ll undoubtedly read and realize that, while you may have never actually thought about it, it is a good question! There is a chapter devoted to some health myths, “Old Wives’ Tales,” which focuses on exactly that. Part of the rest of the book’s objective in general seems to be to address many of the urban legend questions that have been circulated for years concerning various health issues, such as “Beer before liquor, never sicker/Liquor before beer, never fear?” I, for one, am glad to have that point cleared up.

The book’s writing is easy to understand and conversational, so if any of the questions presented in the book come up at say, a party, you’ll be able to relay the answers with finesse and impress all your friends.

Of course, if you’re more of an introvert who avoids parties, this book is good, too.

Sara Berelsman lives in Delphos with her husband and their two daughters. She has an MA in literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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