Using the internet to get educated about prostate issues is a frustrating experience. On one side, you have sites which are clearly pseudo science quackery and on the other side you have scientific papers which require a background in medicine and statistics to comprehend. The few useful sites, like Dr. Catalona's, are few and far between. Your primary care doctor will refer your questions to your urologist, and your urologist won't have the time to educate you properly. Dr. Carter, a leading urologist at Johns Hopkins, has taken the time to put in one volume a clear, well organized and very complete presentation of every aspect of mens' urologic health. To his credit, Dr. Carter includes lifestyle and dietary measures which can be taken to prevent prostate disease. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure": it's unusual to see a physician and surgeon offer this information, as doctors are compensated to treat disease, but not to prevent it. Dr. Carter goes though every possible issue that can arise in a man's genito-urinary tract, ranging from "overactive bladder" to prostate cancer, and describes in detail every possible treatment and the pros and cons of each. Even though the author has performed thousands of prostatectomies, he states unequivocally that prostate cancer is highly over treated in this country and explains how "active surveillance", a program he pioneered at Johns Hopkins, can be the best choice for many. The alphabet soup of acronyms you will encounter on this subject are fully decoded, and all the various procedures, their outcomes and their side effects, are fully described. About one man in six will be told at some point in his life that he has prostate cancer. This is often done in a way to terrify you, and motivate you to seek surgery or radiation ASAP for a condition that may never become a problem. Large investments have been made in the costly daVinci surgical "robots", which, like the Minotaur of Greek mythology, must be fed a diet of human flesh for their owners to "make the numbers". Urologists are quick to tell you that something like 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year, but they are just giving you the numerator of a fraction. What is the denominator? 28,000 out of how many? About 1,320,000 men in America will die of all causes this year, so only 2.1% of these deaths will be from prostate cancer. In other words, you are about 47 times more likely to die of some cause other than prostate cancer. In conclusion, IF YOUR DOCTOR HAS REFERRED YOU TO A UROLOGIST FOR ANY REASON, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. This book will help you to know what questions to ask.