Long time readers will automatically recognize the creepy style of illustrations. (Newbies to our site probably should warm up with the our category of Doris Hall of Infamy.) Today’s story features Stacy and her cerebral palsy. She is just like you, but evidently people treat her differently. Naturally, she somehow makes friends with John Stamos (yup, that John Stamos) and he likes her and gave her an autographed picture. I didn’t quite follow how attending a John Stamos concert figured into a cerebral palsy diagnosis, but our gal Doris isn’t really good with her plot lines. However, she did get to go to prom at the end of the story and no, it wasn’t with John Stamos.
Submitter: My local library has a large network of branches. Also included are the libraries at all the public schools. This 1986 book on cancer came to me via one of those schools. The entire system has 6 copies. I would argue this was completely out of date 10 years later in 1996. But almost 30 years later?? I can only imagine all the medical advancements that have taken place in the span of 30 years. I guess I could take some small solace in the fact this book was in mint condition. It cracked when I opened it, as though it was new! Perhaps never even read.
Holly: I bet this was a good book in 1986. It could have been weeded by 1990 or so. I do like the format, but cancer isn’t quite the instant death sentence it was in 1986. That cover is not-so-inspiring!
In the early 80s, this was one of the scarier STDs. (The HIV crisis was still not big news yet.) No one really worried about this stuff. Take some pennicillin and you are good to go. I am quite sure that the message was that “bad” people got sex diseases. If you are “good,” you had no problems. Herpes was different. At the time of this book, it wasn’t reported or monitored like other STDs, so data was limited, but it seemed like a lot of “nice” people were getting herpes as well.
For a medical collection back in the early 1980s, this would be a worthy purchase. As an aside, be prepared for the naked family chart of vulnerable body parts.