Book Review

The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health, and Sexualty - Reversing The Male Menopause

Eugene Shippen, MD, and William Fryer
Evans and Company, Inc.

This is an excellent book for men and women, health professionals and the lay public. It is to the point and written in easy-to-understand language. It can be read in just a few hours; and, upon completion, the reader will have a whole new perspective on men’s as well as women’s hormonal health. Male menopause or andropause can be devastating to strength, energy, zest for life and sexual functioning. Shippen explains how and why the male menopause occurs and affects physical functions. He points out the connection between testosterone deficiency and estrogen dominance, in an effort to explain the cause of male menopause. The book contains chapters titled “The Key to Male Sexuality,” “Testosterone and Your Heart,” “Testosterone and Women” and “The Complicated Prostate.” There is a self-test, entitled “How Far You Have Advanced Into The Gray Zone Of Middle Age,” that could be useful and incorporated in a men’s health practice. It can give the pharmacist/ reader a physical/psychological profile of the test-taker’s status in relation to the onset of male menopause. The book also mentions compounding pharmacists as resources to obtain testosterone replacement therapy. If a reader is not already involved in hormone replacement therapy for men, reading this book will provide ideas and the insight to facilitate building a niche in this specialty. This book is a must for compounding pharmacists and pharmacies specializing in customized hormone replacement therapy.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 1999