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Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News!

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The Doctor Prescribes
Fox
1949

This is one of those small booklets that advise patients on basic wellness. In other words, what to do when you are stressed-50s style. Phones and deadlines are “lethal weapons designed to commit civilized suicide”. The basic prescription is fresh air, eat right, go to bed early and get up earlier.

Some of the specific suggestions:

Nothing too spicy(don’t drown your breakfast eggs in pepper)

Limit drinking

Limit sugar

Get out in the country and breathe deeply

Sun bathe

Play golf

Get a hobby

The big advice centers on ulcers, cancer, and heart attacks and everyone knows that protocols and diagnostics for these conditions have changed quite a bit in 60 years. The other material is more wellness and lifestyle habits. Of course all of this advice assumes you are a upper middle class white man in an office job in the city. Ladies and others, you just have to suck it up.

Mary

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Childhood Diseases are Fun!

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Have a Happy Measle, and a Merry Mumps and a Cheery Chickenpox
Bendick
1958

Today we have an oldie, but a goodie, thanks to an alert Twitter follower. Since this is before widespread application of the vaccines for childhood illnesses, maybe these authors were just trying to spin disease as a fun vacation from school. As a child, I had measles, mumps and chickenpox and just about everyone else I knew did too. It was almost a rite of passage. I don’t really remember it being this “fun”, though. It’s definitely a weeder, but also an awesome relic from the olden days.

Stay healthy everyone!

Mary

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Open Wide

Open Wide coverOpen Wide – It Won’t Hurt
Wilder
1978

Submitter: I can just imagine the pitch for this book: “It’s like All Creatures Great And Small, but about a dentist! For people! With cartoons of dental mishaps!” Wish I could see the librarian book that is blurbed on the back cover…

Holly: This is an odd little book. And that blurb on the back has nothing to do with this one. This is cataloged as biography, so it contains anecdotes from a dentist’s memoirs. It might have circulated in public libraries at the time it was published, but now it just seems really random.

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