ADA Guide to Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

Dibetus

American Diabetes Association Guide to Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes
McCarren
2007

Submitter: Why do I hear Wilford Brimley’s voice “Diabetes” when I look at this book.  We received this book as a donation last week. It’s a 13 year old book on Diabetes. We won’t keep a medical book longer than 5 years at this library – so this went straight to the weed pile. 13 years in any medical field feels like light years in achievements.

Holly: Dear patrons, Thank you for thinking of the library with your donation. Our need for materials is great.

But not this great.

troubled tummy cookbook

Cooking for your troubled tummy

The Troubled Tummy Cookbook
Recipes and Diets
Roth
1976

Aside from the dumb title, this book was just fine for the 1970s. The troubled tummy part of this is geared to diets for post surgery, and specific conditions such as heart disease and ulcers. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, ulcers were believed to be caused by stress and overly spicy food. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that a course of antibiotics to kill the bacterium H. pylori. (The story of finding a “cure” for the peptic ulcer disease is a fascinating story.) This truly makes a good portion of this book obsolete by the late 1980s.

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More Abnormal People

How To Recognize and Handle Abnormal People
A Manual for the Police Officer
Matthews and Rowland
1978

Submitter: Another dated police manual we weeded. My colleague left this on my desk with a sticky note, “Who you calling abnormal?” and an arrow pointing the the person of color on the cover. Sigh. We don’t even say “abnormal” anymore, much less “mentally retarded.” Oy. There’s a whole section on “Abnormal Group Behavior,” which includes Civil Protest. The advice is fine; basically keep your cool, but “men in police work” need training, of course!

LA Police training

Dragnet Training Manual

Daily Training Bulletin of the Los Angeles Police Department
Consisting of Bulletins 1-173
Parker
1963, 3rd ed.

Submitter: Though this looks very serious and important on the title page, turns out the LAPD had quite the sense of humor back in the day, based on the cartoon illustrations! Obviously, policing has changed a LOT since the 1950s, and perhaps LA is no longer a “gay, mad whirl of cocktail parties, lilting music”… etc. And police probably don’t do much to assist tourists these days, either. My college no longer has a Criminal Justice or similar program, so lots of ancient policing books had to be weeded.

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Patient Education FTW

Informed Consent
Cowles
1976

Breast cancer in the 1970s was almost barbaric in terms of treatment and compounded by the treatment of women’s health by the medical community. First Lady Betty Ford was diagnosed in 1974 and was instrumental in bringing awareness to breast cancer. Radical mastectomy was the default treatment of breast cancer and women were given very few options or information about treatment. In many cases, women were in surgery for a biopsy and if it was positive, a complete mastectomy was performed at the same time.

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Don’t get knocked up!

Today we have another teen heath book. It is now 20 years old. Like all medical information, this should be treated as suspect. Even if it hasn’t changed, teens need current information, just like adults. Also, these types of books also have referral information. I actually think this is probably one of the most important features of weeding criteria. Think about what wasn’t around in 2000. Not all businesses or organizations had website or social media presence. No smart phones. Limited texting. (I tried some early texting using only the phone key pad. It took me about a half an hour to write “hi”. No thanks.) Also important, books like this need to look current. Bottom line remember your audience.

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What is Cancer, Anyway?

What is Cancer, Anyway?: Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages
Carney
1999

Submitter: This book, designed to help children cope with cancer, is more confusing and just plain weird than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Also, WTF is up with that entity on the cover? It is blonde child with a skin condition? Is it a dog in a wig? Why is it wearing mascara?!

Holly: I don’t find the text in the excerpts pictured below to be particularly child-friendly. The vocabulary is pretty sophisticated. And yeah – weird anthropomorphism. When they’re too human it’s creepy, not cute.

Lots and Lots of Fitness Fun for Kids

Fitness Fun for Kids

Let’s Go Out and Play!
Lots & Lots of Fitness Fun for Kids
DVD
2016

Submitter: From a small Midwest public library collection. We’re trying to keep up with the weeding, now that we’re back in the building for the first time in 2+ months. This DVD showed up on the “hasn’t been circ’d in 3 years or more” list. Maybe it’s just me, but couldn’t the graphic designer find a better image than the middle toddler on the cover? That child looks like s/he’s not happy at all to be outside playing, and is 1.5 seconds away from throwing a tantrum. It will shortly be removed from our collection.

Holly: That kid is definitely plotting something. What’s confusing about this to me is that the title, font, and general concept of the DVD seems like it would be for older kids. The toddlers on the cover make me question if this is for kids of all ages, or just little ones. Also, is fitness something parents worry about with toddlers? Sure, we need to pry big kids away from the video games and teach them healthy lifestyles and encourage play. But the kids on the cover are, like, two, and Danger Child is maybe a year old. Do you need a DVD to keep toddlers active?