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on July 17, 2004
I was disappointed in this book. I've been buying and using Haynes automotive manuals for years, and I expected something similar. This is a thin book (about 140 pages) with a random and shallow coverage of the male body. As an example, the chapter on Fuel & exhaust (digestive and urogenital systems) is 16 pages long, and covers testicular cancer, but not colon cancer. There's also an inane cartoon named Dipstick who appears throughout the book, dispensing advice such as "Don't end up an insurance write-off. Give up the cigs." There are no maintenance procedures other than pointing out the obvious (advice for corns is "Buy shoes that fit properly and try to walk around the house barefoot.")
There is also diagnostic section, with fault finding charts. One of the questions under Headache is "Did the headache follow a time of excessive drinking?", followed by a diagnosis of "Hangover".
The book does have some detailed anatomical diagrams.
If you want to maintain your car, buy a Haynes manual. If you want to maintain your body, see your doctor and buy a medical book.
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