For many years Dr. Aaron Spitz of Orange County Urology Associates has worked with the national media to communicate with patients and their loved ones about men's health and fertility issues. He's been on dozens of local and national TV and radio networks, on national TV health shows (he recently taped his 40th appearance on The Doctors TV show), in many newspapers, and on leading national blogs.
Now he has written a new book titled The Penis Book: A Doctor's Complete Guide to the Penis - From Size to Function and Everything in Between. We talked with him recently about the book.
Why did you write this book?
I realized that as much as I enjoy one-on-one appointments with my patients, as well as the far-reaching impact of my television and radio appearances, a book is perhaps the most powerful way for me to convey important information to people about their health and well being. A book is not limited to a 15- or 20-minute time slot or a 5-minute sound bite, and it is always ready when the reader is. It allows for in-depth explanations and it allows the reader to return time and again to reinforce their understanding.
Why did you write specifically about the penis?
I have been an expert in male sexual health for over 20 years. The penis is what I know best. Besides, it's still a taboo topic that causes a lot of confusion and, in some cases, anxiety or even depression. It's a topic that almost everyone could use better information about.
What can we expect to learn from the book?
You will learn everything there is to know about the penis. Some of the chapters include information on development and growth of the penis, circumcision techniques and controversies, normal sexual function and penis size, causes and treatments of sexual dysfunction, testosterone balance, infections and other diseases of the penis, and there is even chapters on supplements, penis enlargement, and pornography.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone with a penis or anyone who knows someone with a penis.
What would men get from reading the book? Women?
This book allows men and women to understand how things work and why they don't when they don't. It dispels myths that have upset and confused men and women. It provides essential information for maintaining a healthy penis, normal hormone balance, and satisfying sex. It also provides clear and full explanations of the treatments for conditions the reader may be challenged with. It is written in a style that is fun and entertaining but scientifically robust, so it will empower men to be the master of their domain and provide women with the "intel" they need to understand and care for the men in their lives.
Is humor an important part of this book?
I love to laugh. Who doesn't? I find humor is a very effective way to get ideas across. After all, as Chaucer wrote "Many a true word is spoken in jest." I use humor in the penis book to relate to my reader, break down barriers, and, like sugar, help the medicine go down. Throughout the book I will distill a scientific study down to a witty one-liner, but it will be a scientifically precise one-liner.
Dr. Spitz's book is now available on Amazon, and you can listen to our recent podcast interview with him: