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Physical - An American Checkup

James McManus

A wild ride through the dark heart of American health and health care, plus sex, drugs, and stem-cell wars. PHYSICAL is the story of a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American (the author) who gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality, not to mention glove-wearing doctors and the pair of dominatrix-esque technicians who supervise his stress test quite strictly. James McManus must understand his revised actuarial odds in the light of his not-so-long-lived forebears and the fact that his youngest children are only six and five years old. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see Bea and Grace into adulthood. But with so much at stake, and in spite of his terror of death, he may not have the willpower to follow the Mayo clinicians' advice. On a related health front, McManus's twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Bridget, has lived with juvenile diabetes since she was four, and the Bush Administration's opposition to the stem-cell research that could save her life makes him feel like he "might have to do something rash." Meanwhile, should he have a vasectomy? Or try for another child, having lost his only son? How much longer will he be able to perform such manly feats without Viagra? Is his grateful wife sleeping with the brilliant opthalmological surgeon who saved their daughter's vision? PHYSICAL negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of our health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem-cell research wars. It's a no-holds-barred, wrenching, often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.

A wild ride through the dark heart of American health and health care, plus sex, drugs, and stem-cell wars. PHYSICAL is the story of a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American (the author) who gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality, not to mention glove-wearing doctors and the pair of dominatrix-esque technicians who supervise his stress test quite strictly. James McManus must understand his revised actuarial odds in the light of his not-so-long-lived forebears and the fact that his youngest children are only six and five years old. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see Bea and Grace into adulthood. But with so much at stake, and in spite of his terror of death, he may not have the willpower to follow the Mayo clinicians' advice. On a related health front, McManus's twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Bridget, has lived with juvenile diabetes since she was four, and the Bush Administration's opposition to the stem-cell research that could save her life makes him feel like he "might have to do something rash." Meanwhile, should he have a vasectomy? Or try for another child, having lost his only son? How much longer will he be able to perform such manly feats without Viagra? Is his grateful wife sleeping with the brilliant opthalmological surgeon who saved their daughter's vision? PHYSICAL negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of our health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem-cell research wars. It's a no-holds-barred, wrenching, often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.
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A wild ride through the dark heart of American health and health care, plus sex, drugs, and stem-cell wars. PHYSICAL is the story of a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American (the author) who gets a three-day "executive checkup" at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality, not to mention glove-wearing doctors and the pair of dominatrix-esque technicians who supervise his stress test quite strictly. James McManus must understand his revised actuarial odds in the light of his not-so-long-lived forebears and the fact that his youngest children are only six and five years old. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see Bea and Grace into adulthood. But with so much at stake, and in spite of his terror of death, he may not have the willpower to follow the Mayo clinicians' advice. On a related health front, McManus's twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Bridget, has lived with juvenile diabetes since she was four, and the Bush Administration's opposition to the stem-cell research that could save her life makes him feel like he "might have to do something rash." Meanwhile, should he have a vasectomy? Or try for another child, having lost his only son? How much longer will he be able to perform such manly feats without Viagra? Is his grateful wife sleeping with the brilliant opthalmological surgeon who saved their daughter's vision? PHYSICAL negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of our health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem-cell research wars. It's a no-holds-barred, wrenching, often hilarious portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Frederic

Length:

7h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:17