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Defying Age by Dr. Miriam Stoppard
Published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 2003

Dr. Miriam Stoppard is a well known doctor, writer and broadcaster. Her work centres on family health generally. This time she tackles the subject of ageing and how to maintain an age defying lifestyle. This a virtual A to Z guide on how to fend off the ageing process and how to continue to enjoy life well into a ripe old age.

The book is written in a clear and simple style that is easy to read and to follow. There are ten chapters devoted to ten different subjects – alternative medicines, fat, diet, exercise, sex, relaxation and beauty treatments are just some of the issues dealt with in a straightforward and sensible fashion. She examines the pros and cons of treatments such as Botox, HRT, Viagra and complementary medicines and presents the scientific view where research has been undertaken on the effects of these substances.

This is a useful book not only for those who are over the age of ‘21 plus VAT’, but also for couch potato 30 year olds so they can start on the road to becoming rip-roaring centenarians.

Reviewed by Marie, a Clare County Library staff member.