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You may not need a psychiatrist, but you do need a librarian

You May Not Need a Psychiatrist
How Your Body May Control Your Mind
Galton
1979

Straight from the 1970s, we have another mind-body connection health book.  In this book he criticizes diagnostics with respect to those conditions as “mental” rather than physical maladies. Some of the more dramatic examples include epilepsy, high blood pressure, or anemia that can present as mental illness. The most interesting thing I found was a reference to restless leg syndrome, which I had never heard mentioned until they started selling drugs to cure it a few years back.

For 1979, this was a good choice for a public library collection. In 2014, it is far too outdated to be of any use to the general public. (As of this writing this book has not been weeded. Public libraries, if you are still holding this, it is time to let it go.)

Mary

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Bowling for the Ladies

Bowling for Women
Audsley
1964

Submitter: Here we have a lovely example of why our library needs to weed. This book serves to tell us that bowling is a fashion statement (new dress, anyone?) and that we need more help and advice because we have less strength than men. Pair that with pictures of women bowling in skirts to their ankles and antiquated scoring “equipment” and this book is a weeding winner! Culled from a college library.

Holly: This is a GREAT example of why libraries should weed! What possible use can it be today in a college library (or any library outside of a museum or archive)? I don’t even have anything to add beyond what Submitter already said. It’s that obvious.

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Surviving Hostage Situations

Surviving Hostage Situations
Spear & Moak
1989

Submitter: Given the cover photo, I was surprised that it wasn’t older. You can read this book to learn how to attack your kidnapper, escape safely from captivity, deal with a hijacker on board an airplane, build your own safe room (hermetically sealed to prevent chemical attacks, don’t you know?), and more!

Favorite artwork: — the eyeball gouging technique; selecting a hiding place (“Look how much fun we’re having kids!”); the Ninja-like rescue attempt; and the Japanese Red Army skyjacking (what on earth is the female passenger on the right wearing — go go boots and a bikini top? I don’t even know where to begin on the cover photo as it’s hilarious on so many levels, and I certainly don’t think that was the authors’ intention. At the end, the authors have thoughtfully included several appendices, including one titled “A fill-in-the-blanks family contingency plan for hostage situations.” Just what every American family needs.

I honestly can’t understand why anyone would have purchased this for a public library.  (Did we sit around 25 years ago in a constant state of paranoia, worrying about being kidnapped?)  I simply can’t imagine a patron checking this out and taking it home to review with the kids.  Leafing through this book reminded me of the Cold War era when school children were taught how to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack and every school had a fallout shelter.

Holly: I can see teachers checking this out as part of a lesson, but not in the last 15 years. All of the real-life hostage situations that have happened since 1989 in the world news have made some of the examples in this book obsolete. Getting into an airplane cockpit, for example, is much more difficult now. The idea for the book is ok for public libraries, but this one is too old (and, yes, a bit over-dramatic in delivery).

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