Item description for Prostate Tales: Men's Experiences with Prostate Cancer by Ross E. Gray...
Prostate Tales vividly portrays men with prostate cancer, bringing their experiences out of the shadows where they usually lie hidden. Drawing on extensive research interviews, the author avoids the usual dry academic report, instead using stories and drama to display men's crises, struggles, sorrows, challenges and triumphs. In the process he provides readers with a strong visceral connection to the social realities of prostate cancer, and reveals how prostate cancer affects different men in profoundly different ways. This is not a sentimental piece of work; it aims to tell stories that feel true, that honor the courage, humor and strength of individual men while not hiding from everyday realities like fear, depression and confusion. The book is primarily for men with prostate cancer and their families and friends, but health professionals will find it helps them better understand ill men. And Prostate Tales is a must read for anyone interested in innovative approaches to education and the effective communication of research findings.
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Gray is co-director of the Psychosocial and Behavioral Research Unit at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Centre and assistant professor in the University of Toronto Department of Public Health Sciences.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prostate Tales: Men's Experiences with Prostate Cancer?
Power to the Prostate! Dec 11, 2007
First things first: I must point out a Simpsons error. In this book, one character remembers Homer Simpson's going through the five stages of grief. He said it was because Homer drank a toxic chemical at the nuclear power plant. Wrong! Homer went through that because he ate fugu at a Japanese restaurant.
If you have ever been at an issues forum or other awareness program, you know that they often start with a skit to break the ice. This book is basically all skits about men dealing with various aspects of prostate cancer. Since these men would probably say that the illness does not define them, often cancer as a topic is buried in the text. The book tries to have diverse men in terms of national origin, sexual orientation, and race. However, in the US, experts encourage us African-American males to get tested from prostate cancer five years before they suggest it for other men. I wish that concern was emphasized more in this book.
Chapters start off with the fiction about men and prostate cancer, then they move to factual comments from the author. I think it's a very practical way for men to explore a topic that they would usually avoid. No scientific jargon is here to scare away everyday readers. However, the fictional portions may just be a scientist having fun dabbling in creative writing. The factual conclusions may seem patronizing and politically correct to others.
This book claims to cover Canadian and American men, but the emphasis is really on the former. The men here go to lots of doctors and almost never worry about the costs of dealing with the illness. This may be how it is in Canada with its universal healthcare, but in the US, financial issues would be a HUGE issue when it comes to men and prostate cancer. This book has a laid-back and friendly feel, like Canada. It's not rush-rush and dog-eat-dog like my own country, the US.