Overcoming Urinary Incontinence: A Woman’s Guide to Treatment.
Safir, Michael H., Boyd, Clay N., Pinson, Tony E. Addicus Books, 2008. 154p. index.
ISBN 978-1-886039-87-2. $19.95
Three board certified practicing urologists from California, Louisiana and Michigan collaborate on their first book. This concise overview covers causes, diagnosis, treatments, exercises and lifestyle modifications for five types of urinary incontinence, with a focus on women’s care. Its tone is encouraging and upbeat, while setting realistic expectations for outcomes of various treatments.
Explanations like “stress incontinence has nothing to do with stress,” and “aging does not necessarily cause incontinence,” allay fears and help the newly diagnosed make more sense of their condition. A particularly helpful section lists questions a doctor may ask a patient during an exam to accurately diagnose and treat various forms of urinary incontinence. Much of the book is written in FAQ format, such as “Is it beneficial to change the kinds of beverages I drink?”
A standout feature is the chapter on surgery, which includes sections on what to expect when recovering from specific operations. The book includes an Intake and Voiding Diary to bring to the doctor’s office, lists of foods that can and cannot irritate the bladder, a resource directory and a glossary. There are a few technical illustrations, and it would be helpful to have more, particularly in the chapters on exercise and medical devices. A larger concern is a lack of bibliography or notes in the review version, and while some research statements list a source, the book contains unsupported research starting, “Studies show” and “Studies report”. Hopefully, future versions can incorporate these recommendations to solidify a promising book.
Cara Helfner, MSLIS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital