This time of year, most of the writers I know are talking about November being all about the Nano – trying to write a book in one month’s time. But November is also a time to spread awareness about men’s health, something we predominantly female romance writers don’t spend a lot of time writing about. During the month of November, many men show their support for the awareness of men’s health issues and funding for scientific research into cures and treatment by forgoing their razors and letting their shaggy sides show – No Shave November or Moustache Movember are two popular movements. Men’s health is often overlooked since men are just so, well, manly. But without them, we romance writers and readers would have no heroes for our heroines, no rakes to antagonize our female protagonists, no breeches for our bosoms to heave over. So, to help the Movember movement, I thought I’d provide a few facts about men’s health through the ages as talking points to help you start a dialogue with the rogue in your life about his health.
- Men’s Exercise: During the Regency era, pugilism was a popular sport for men. Fighters went for up to fifty rounds a night with bare hands since boxing gloves weren’t required until the later part of the 1800’s (http://www.reginascott.com/box.html). Burpees don’t look as rough now, do they.
- Medical Breakthroughs: Through the Georgian period, there were many medical advances, but one method of diagnosis remained the same as it had for several generations. The practice of examining feces was still a preferred method to help diagnose most anything. (http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/34-345-georgians-regency-Health-facts.html).
- Scientific Findings: In 2013, CT scans of ancient Egyptian mummies showed signs of coronary artery disease…way before there was McDonald’s. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/10/mummies-heart-disease/1974215/)
- The prostate was first noted by Niccolo Massa in the 16th century, but it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that prostate cancer was mentioned in the medical journal, The Lancet. I(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostate_cancer)
Visit https://us.movember.com/about/foundation to show your support.