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Hormonal Crisis!

Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones
Seaman and Seaman
1977

Okay, first I giggled as a book containing sex stuff having authors by the name of Seaman. (Again, yes I do have the sense of humor of your average 12 year old boy.)

My serious librarian self cannot imagine a scenario where a medium sized public library feels a need to keep a copy of a women’s health book more than 30 years old.  The extremely faded spine and brown yellowish pages should have also garnered attention by SOMEONE. Walk the stacks, people! You would be surprised at how many items will catch your attention.

Mary

More Out Dated Lady Health Books:

Women’s Trouble

Sexy Sex Stuff for the Ladies

Come for the Exercise, Stay for the Hair

Honey, you look tense

The Herp


8 Responses to Hormonal Crisis!

  • Jet washing? That’s a new one – I have heard of all the other “tests recommended for high-risk patients”, but jet washing? Nope.

  • Its funny that , the other book they authored, was also featured on this site.

  • I assume barrier methods are their “safe and sane alternative” to hormonal BC?

  • To be fair it’s not like there *aren’t* issues with hormonal birth control which were often glossed off in the first rush to get The Pill out.

    That said, the phrasing and general attitude of the text and the blurbs suggests that the motive is more advocacy than information.

    • True. If I were an anti-hormone advocate, though, I’d be horrified to find that this was the main representative of my viewpoint on the public library’s shelf. Hasn’t something newer been written on this!? (I think melanes mentioned a more modern alternative.)

  • I’ll read anything Seaman and Seaman have to say about female hormones….

  • This is a pivotal book on the use of synthetic hormones and their potential negative side effects. Few up to that time had said anything. The author also wrote at least one other book on the subject called The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women. Barbara Seaman did become an advocate against the use of the pill, at least as it was being prescribed so indiscriminately. This particular copy should be pulled because of its age and wear, but hopefully copies continue to exist for those that want to research this topic. This is the only work I know of besides the more recent Sweetening the Pill that covers this subject so thoroughly.

    • I’d say a university or medical research library should keep the old one AND buy Sweetening the Pill, if they don’t already have it. The public library should replace this with Sweetening the Pill or another current title, and help anyone doing research on the history of the controversy place an interlibrary loan request for the older classics.