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The Virility Paradox

Nonfiction: Health
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/27/2018

The Virility Paradox

The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412624
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412631


Integrating the molecular and the medical, sociology and storytelling, The Virility Paradoxoffers a fascinating look at how one hormone has shaped history, and the connections between our biology, our behavior, and our best selves.

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Testosterone propels our drive for exploration and risk, for competition and creation, and even our survival. The effects of testosterone permeate the traditions, philosophy, and literature of every known culture—without it, the world would be a drastically different place.

It also has a role in humanity's darker side, contributing to violence, hubris, poverty, crime, and selfishness. Recent revelations of the science of testosterone show that high levels will deplete compassion and generosity, and even reduce the affection we show our children.

In The Virility Paradox, internationally renowned oncologist and prostate cancer researcher Charles Ryan explores this complex chemical system responsible for a diverse spectrum of human behaviors and health in both men and women. Ryan taps his vast experience treating prostate cancer with testosterone-lowering therapy, observing that this often leads to profound changes in the patients’ perspectives on their lives and relationships. Often, for the better.

He also explores the connections between testosterone and conditions like dementia, autism, and cancer, as well as the biological underpinnings of sexual assault and the effects it has on on everything from crime to investing to everyday choices we make.


"A terrific read. Dr. Ryan writes with grace, wit, and insight on a topic that touches on nearly every aspect of our society. Highly recommended." —Dr. Kelly Parsons, author of Doing Harm and Under the Knife

"The Virility Paradox by Charles Ryan, MD, is a marvelous, timely and fun book about testosterone and behavior in men and women. This is a must read for parents, teachers, doctors, psychologists and everyone interested in gender." — Louann Brizendine MD, neuropsychiatrist, author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain

Author Bio

Charles J Ryan, MD, is The Thomas Perkins Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine and Urology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published over 100 articles and chapters in the world’s leading medical journals.