An Owner’s Manual
This is a nice relic from the 1970s. I was sure this paperback that found its way into our donation pile would be too old or crusty to still be on a public library shelf, but I was wrong. As of this writing, WorldCat showed a bunch of holdings in public libraries. Shame!
In 1977, I am sure this was considered a good purchase. Women’s health issues were just starting to become front and center. The first book that really addressed this was Our Bodies, Ourselves, published in 1971. I remember Our Bodies, Ourselves being quite the controversial title. The feminism was clear, but I think the real controversy of this book encouraged women to actually question and challenge the doctors about treatment and options and many old time doctors did not appreciate having to explain themselves. Ah, the good old days when doctors knew everything and told women “they knew better”.