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Hospital Fears

The Hospital Scares Me
Hogan and Hogan
1980

In 1980, this would have been a decent choice for a picture book collection. Our protagonist, Dan, falls off the monkey bars and breaks an ankle. It is bad enough to require surgery and a hospital stay. The purpose is to explain to kids what happens in the hospital from check-in, x-rays, surgery, etc. We even have characters in the book who aren’t white! Dan gets around on crutches and heals up nicely. Cue the music.

ADA Guide to Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

Dibetus

American Diabetes Association Guide to Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes
McCarren
2007

Submitter: Why do I hear Wilford Brimley’s voice “Diabetes” when I look at this book.  We received this book as a donation last week. It’s a 13 year old book on Diabetes. We won’t keep a medical book longer than 5 years at this library – so this went straight to the weed pile. 13 years in any medical field feels like light years in achievements.

Holly: Dear patrons, Thank you for thinking of the library with your donation. Our need for materials is great.

But not this great.

troubled tummy cookbook

Cooking for your troubled tummy

The Troubled Tummy Cookbook
Recipes and Diets
Roth
1976

Aside from the dumb title, this book was just fine for the 1970s. The troubled tummy part of this is geared to diets for post surgery, and specific conditions such as heart disease and ulcers. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, ulcers were believed to be caused by stress and overly spicy food. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that a course of antibiotics to kill the bacterium H. pylori. (The story of finding a “cure” for the peptic ulcer disease is a fascinating story.) This truly makes a good portion of this book obsolete by the late 1980s.

How to Recognize Abnormal People cover

More Abnormal People

How To Recognize and Handle Abnormal People
A Manual for the Police Officer
Matthews and Rowland
1978

Submitter: Another dated police manual we weeded. My colleague left this on my desk with a sticky note, “Who you calling abnormal?” and an arrow pointing the the person of color on the cover. Sigh. We don’t even say “abnormal” anymore, much less “mentally retarded.” Oy. There’s a whole section on “Abnormal Group Behavior,” which includes Civil Protest. The advice is fine; basically keep your cool, but “men in police work” need training, of course!

LA Police training

Dragnet Training Manual

Daily Training Bulletin of the Los Angeles Police Department
Consisting of Bulletins 1-173
Parker
1963, 3rd ed.

Submitter: Though this looks very serious and important on the title page, turns out the LAPD had quite the sense of humor back in the day, based on the cartoon illustrations! Obviously, policing has changed a LOT since the 1950s, and perhaps LA is no longer a “gay, mad whirl of cocktail parties, lilting music”… etc. And police probably don’t do much to assist tourists these days, either. My college no longer has a Criminal Justice or similar program, so lots of ancient policing books had to be weeded.

cover of informed consent

Patient Education FTW

Informed Consent
Cowles
1976

Breast cancer in the 1970s was almost barbaric in terms of treatment and compounded by the treatment of women’s health by the medical community. First Lady Betty Ford was diagnosed in 1974 and was instrumental in bringing awareness to breast cancer. Radical mastectomy was the default treatment of breast cancer and women were given very few options or information about treatment. In many cases, women were in surgery for a biopsy and if it was positive, a complete mastectomy was performed at the same time.