Tonight Is Too Late
Parents, all the possible sins your children are committing, behind your back, are right here in this conveniently packaged single volume. Purtell advocates open and honest communication with pre-teens about the consequences of drugs, premarital sex, and disease. Not too bad, especially for the time period. There are examples and quotes from law enforcement about their frustrations with the parents of young people that they are not stepping up to monitor their own children. Overall, Purtell is telling parents to wake up and smell the coffee about their precious child.
Evidently, time hasn’t changed much.
Microbes and Morals
This dense text is written for young people. I was surprised on how this book was more a history of sexually transmitted disease, along with a pretty thorough discussion of the science rather than a moral lecture. Throughout the book, the writer is constantly reminding the reader that disease is less about morals and more about disease and treatment. Not a bad book for the time.
I did find this title in a small-medium public library with the health books. My advice to the holding library: it is time to let this one go and get a current book that uses the term STD. I think only the over 50 crowd would know that this was a book about an STD.
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.