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ISSUE23 : May2013 : P9
Quit – Say Goodbye to Smoking
by Dr Patrick McCarthy
Reviewed by Dr Vicki Jones
Having experienced Dr McCarthy’s wit and
style as a raconteur at the 2012 GP CME
conference in Rotorua, I was looking forward
to reading one of his first books about
smoking cessation. This book is aimed at the
patient and provides written information and
a CD to teach the use of self-hypnosis as a
tool to quit smoking. The book and two-
track CD replicate the three sessions that
Dr McCar thy would normally spend with a
patient wishing to quit at his medical hypnosis
clinic in Wellington.
The book is divided into four chapters with
an easy-to-follow layout and car toon-style
illustrations. The first chapter deals with ‘the
first appointment’ and asks the patient to
examine their perceived benefits of smoking.
Chapter two, ‘Dr McCar thy’s case book’,
reviews the story of the series of events that
led to the development of his methods. The
third chapter reviews the preparation needed
to ‘say goodbye to smoking’, telling friends and
relatives, having that last cigarette and really
making a commitment to stopping smoking
before moving onto the first track of the CD.
In the four th chapter, we are perhaps back
on more familiar ground as Dr McCar thy
describes the cycle of change and offers other
tools to encourage this process.
For more information
about this book go to:
Quit – Say Goodbye to Smoking was published
by Huia Publishers in December 2012.
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
by Professor Merlin Thomas
Reviewed by Dr Emily Cavana
This is a brand new, step-by-step guide to
everything about type 2 diabetes (DM2). There
are 270 pages of fact broken into user-friendly
chapters. First, they describe DM2, its causes
and lifestyle changes people can make to
alleviate some or all of the illness. The middle
chapters talk about medications, diabetes, and
hyper tensive, cardiac and cholesterol meds.
The second half of the book is dedicated to the
various complications of diabetes.
The chapters are well segmented and flow in
a similar way. Each chapter star ts with a shor t
introduction, ‘Understand’, which provides
some bullet points about what is coming up
and ‘Manage’, which tells the reader what they
can do to fulfil some of the bullet points in the
introduction. The rest of the chapter goes into
The content of the chapters is equally well
thought out. Information that readers
should be taking note of is in bold, italicised
and bullet-pointed. There is also a mixture
of directly relevant information, such as
‘O bstructive sleep apnoea affects at least
one-quar ter of people with type 2 diabetes’,
and less directly relevant information, such
as ‘During deep sleep the brain rewires its
circuits to make lasting connections between
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes was published
by Exisle Publishing in March 2013.
For more information
about this book go to:
events, sensations and other information. This
is called consolidation’.
The content itself seems non-controversial.
It is an Australian-published book, although
available in New Zealand, and is completely
reasonable for a New Zealand market. A few
drugs are named by brand, but are mostly
written in their generic names. A few Australian
websites are listed during the book. At the end
is a resource list of websites that are mostly
Australian, American and British, but ww w.
diabetes.org.nz does make an appearance.
The price could be out of reach for some
patients, but is wor th it for a comprehensive
understanding of the illness with some ex tra
health facts thrown in. It would be a good
book for a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic to
have on their shelf to dip into at their leisure
or for a GP to have on their shelf.
Dr McCar thy recommends reading the book
through a couple of times before listening
to the CD, which teaches the self-hypnosis
technique used to replace smoking and fuse
the conscious and subconscious minds together
to make a strong commitment to quit.
Overall, for patients who express an interest
in an alternative or non-pharmaceutical
method of quitting, or for those who have
tried various methods already, this book and
CD provide an enter taining, clear guide to
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